The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Whale Funeral in Bac Lieu

Cau Ngu Whale Worship Festival in Phan Thiet (pictured above)

The AP/Washington Post reported on a whale funeral held in Bac Lieu province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta today. I've often written about Vietnam's whale-worshipping "cult" and the whale temples built by fishermen to house whale bones, for guidebooks like the most recent Insight Guide to Vietnam (2009). Very little has been written about the subject in any literature or media, so I've had to become a bit of a local expert in order to understand the phenomenon. You can see my previous posts on the subject which include lots of photos from whale worship festivals like Cau Ngu and Nghin Ong.

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