Four Palaces – an authentic Vietnamese spiritual practice

Four Palaces – an authentic Vietnamese spiritual practice

Tứ Phủ (Four Palaces) is the typical example of the Vietnamese belief in the worships of Mother Goddess. Devoted to four female deities of the nature: Mother Goddess of Heaven, Forest, Water, and Earth, this belief was established in the 16th century as an alternative to Confucianism. The Four Palaces show portrays the rituals of spiritual possession, in which the mediums will wear elaborate costumes, make offerings to the goddesses, perform folk dances, and pray the spirits to descend and possess their bodies.

The mediums believe that these rituals will bless them with health, happiness and good luck. Following each chapter of the ceremonies, the show will bring you to different level of emotions, gradually heighten to the final chapter. Vividly and honestly performed rituals, traditional folk melodies, evocative singing all harmonize to bring the audience a rich sensory experience.

Time & place

  • Time: Starting 18:00 and 19:30, every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Place: Cong Nhan Theatre – 42 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
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