Ba Duc Sanh pagoda
Ba Duc Sanh pagoda (Phan Thiet): Worshiping
Mother Goddesses of three realms
BTO - Belief in worshiping
Mother Goddsses of three realms has been recognized as an intangible cultural
heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Ba Duc Sanh pagoda (in Duc
Thang ward – Phan Thiet city) is a religious architecture attached to worshiping
Mother Goddsses of three realms in Binh Thuan province. This belief makes
different, which belongs to the country’s various regions and among different
ethnic groups, reflecting the country’s cultural diversity as well as cultural
exchanges between different communities. Worshiping the Mother Goddesses who
are personification of legend and historical characters contributes to women’s
appreciation and their role in society.
In 1844, Ba Duc Sanh pagoda
was a small temple built from bamboo and palm leaves by Chinese and people
coming from 5 provinces (Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Duc, Quang Nam and Quang
Ngai); worshiping Marian Trinity protecting pregnant women, fetus; 24 Mother
Goddesses taking care 12 female zodiac animals and 12 male zodiac animals, 5
Mother Goddesses representing metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The pagoda has
become a important religious site of Phan Thiet people for 172 years; preserved
two royal ordinances by King Thanh Thai King and Duy Tan.
In 2005, the monument was
recognized at provincial level.
(Source: Binh Thuan Newspaper)