Preserving and promoting the everlasting echoes of the gongs is becoming increasingly important to those living in the region.
Artisan Dinh Van Rut said the H’re people have always incorporated gongs into festivals and communal activities, representing one of the most central icons in the community. Important occasions are often comprised of playing gongs, dancing, and drinking together.
According to musician Dinh Thien Vuong, the sound of the gong represents the wishes, desires, sentiments, and life philosophies of humankind.
Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Cao Van Chu said the province will focus on preserving and promoting the cultural space of gongs among ethnic minorities in the region with the H’re in particular.
The gong is not just a musical instrument but a precious asset to the H’re community in mountainous areas in the province; the sounds of gongs in the region have traditionally marked the beginning of a month-long celebration to usher in a new fruitful crop.