The (his)story of việt nam is so often told through the war and refugee experience that it may seem like the country has only existed for a few decades. But lest we forget, dig deeper & recall that Vietnamese people has a legendary origin: that of a rồng father and an immortal mother. 


Ba Mươi Tháng tư (April 30th) is an important day in Vietnamese history. It marked the kết thúc of a long và bitter sibling feud and has since served as a sorrowful reminder of the parting of brothers và sisters who came from the same womb. Half of the country looked down from the mountaintops as the other half went out lớn sea, not knowing if they would ever speak to lớn each other again.

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But since the very beginning, this has been the story of the Vietnamese people. Our parents, Lạc Long Quân the rồng (rồng) and Âu Cơ the immortal (tiên) also could not stay together because of their disparate natures & had to lớn go their separate ways. Father, being of the sea, took his half of the children lớn live near the ocean and Mother, being of the mountains, led hers closer to lớn the sky. Maybe this is why we ended up like this today, torn from each other.

And I wonder…Did Father cry seeing his children drown at sea? How long did Mother mourn her babies who perished on the mountains.

Even with the origin story of our people being so wistful, how is it that every time I hear the story I am full of hope & every time I tell the story lớn little kids, their eyes light up with excitement and wonder? There is more lớn this story of separation. No, it is a story of beginnings and what is shared though we come from different hearths, though we come afar from different lands.

Today I will read this story, and I will nội dung it with others (especially little ones) to lớn remind us all not of the rift between our people but of the proud heritage that we carry within our draconic and immortal blood. I hope you will too.


Original art by Julie Nguyễn

Disclaimer: There is no single official telling of this story. Like other legends and folk tales, it is very much alive, changing with every generation, with every utterance. Stories lượt thích these are passed on orally & this is merely one version. It was written to be easily read aloud, so please do! For more information on this story, please visit Julie’s blog, where she has done incredible research on the origin of our origin. 

Long long ago there lived a long prince known as Lạc Long Quân. All of his life he had spent in the underwater realm of his mother near the coast of Việt Nam. He grew tired of it, having seen all there was to lớn see, so he asked his mother’s permission khổng lồ explore beyond the ocean & learn new things. His mother agreed but reminded the prince that he would eventually have lớn return lớn the undersea realm that was his trang chủ and responsibility.

So Lạc Long Quân mix out toward the nearby land. During this time, there was a giant fish that terrorized the coastal waters of vn and it would eat anything that came into its territory. The fish had a toàn thân of a shark và a head of a dog and it was soooo big it could swallow a ship whole.

Now Lạc Long Quân, being a dragon prince, was very powerful and very kind. He knew he had to lớn get rid of the trùm cuối to make the ocean safe. The sea boiled và raged for several days as they fought. Finally, Lạc Long Quân, wielding a flaming tree, lodged it into the monster’s mouth & cut off its head. The head landed among rocks và to this day, there is a mountain in vn called Dog Mountain, & it has the shape of a dog’s head.

The prince continued his journey onto land only to find that there was still much evil about. It was not long before he came upon a demon fox roaming the country. This demon had grown nine tails, each one an embodiment of its cunning & ferocity. It would go up & down the country, destroying anything at a whim. Lạc Long Quân tried khổng lồ challenge the demon fox, but it was a wise creature & hid in its den, knowing that a long would be at a disatemperocars.comtage under the earth. But Lạc Long Quân was also very smart and he called upon the river khổng lồ rush into the fox’s den. Flushed out, the demon fox was furious but Lạc Long Quân was able to lớn defeat the demon by cutting off its nine tails. These became nine major rivers in Việt Nam.

The coast and the plains were now safe places so Lạc Long Quân thought lớn climb up the mountains. He stood up there gazing down upon the beautiful land when he saw a trắng bird flying in circles, seemingly lost & exhausted. It soon fell from the sky. Lạc Long Quân chased it down but when he came to the place where the bird would have fallen, he found there a young woman and realized that she must be a tiên from the mountain. She was Âu Cơ, & she had been flying to lớn see all the beautiful mountains và rivers and beaches only khổng lồ find herself lost.

The long prince by then was quite familiar with the land and its ways. He helped Âu Cơ in any way he could và it wasn’t long before they fell in love and Âu Cơ gave birth lớn a sac of 100 eggs. From those eggs hatched 100 little boys và girls. Lạc Long Quân & Âu Cơ gave them all different names.

Together, Lạc Long Quân và Âu Cơ raised their children, teaching them how khổng lồ build boats and catch fish, teaching them how to lớn grow rice & build tall houses from wood.

But Lạc Long Quân was a rồng prince & Âu Cơ was a tiên from the mountains. Lạc Long Quân was soon summoned by his mother to return khổng lồ the ocean. He knew that Âu Cơ & the children would not be able khổng lồ live with him underwater, so the father & mother decided to part ways. Lạc Long Quân would take 50 of the children khổng lồ live on the coasts where he could watch over them, và Âu Cơ would take 50 of the children lớn live in her native mountains. Và with Âu Cơ went their oldest son, Hùng Lân, who would become the first king of the land.

It is thus that the Vietnamese people are đồng bào (same sac), anh chị em em of one đất nước, countrymen, brother & sisters of one land, whose trang chủ stretches from the Mountains và down khổng lồ the Sea.

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~Bảo Nguyễn, Julie Nguyễn, & featuring art from Greenlinh

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