A free lecture on the evolution of village’s customs will be presented by Dr. Bui Xuan Dinh from the Institute of Anthropology, a branch of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and Dr. Dinh Khac Thuan from the Sino-Vietnamese Institute at 6:00pm, 20 June at L’Espace (24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi).
The lecture will be divided into six parts: Part 1 is about the leading causes to the creation of village’s customs, Part 2 is about its birth, Part 3 is about different forms of village’s customs, Part 4 is about its content, and the final part is about the role and impact of village’s customs in the past and modern time. The lecture is delivered in Vietnamese with simultaneous French translation.
In the feudalism time in Vietnam, village’s customs functioned in parallel with the law and served as an important management tool in ancient Vietnamese society. There is even an unspoken rule that “The King’s law yields to the village’s customs”. Today the village’s customs still play a crucial role in the development of Vietnam’s villages.