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Le Mat Snake village

Le Mat Snake village
Le Mat has had its tradition of catching snakes for long life in Viet Hung ward, Long Bien district, Hanoi city, Vietnam. This place has been famous for the tradition of catching and breeding snakes for more than 1000 years. Le Mat Snake village associates with the legend of the fairy about conquering the aquatic monster having the giant snake shape of Mr. Hoang in Le Mat village in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong (1030-1070).

Le Mat has had its tradition of catching snakes for long life in Viet Hung ward, Long Bien district, Hanoi city, Vietnam. This place has been famous for the tradition of catching and breeding snakes for more than 1000 years. Le Mat Snake village associates with the legend of the fairy about conquering the aquatic monster having the giant snake shape of Mr. Hoang in Le Mat village in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong (1030-1070). 

 

 

According to folklore, in the reign of King Ly Thai Tong, the princess’s boat once was turned over by a huge snake when she took sightseeing at Nguyet Duc River (Duong River nowadays). The King awarded the big prize for anyone who could find and save the Princess. Although, a lot of people were unsuccessful when going to find the Princess, some people found her but they could not win with the huge snake. Therefore, the King had to sadly accept the loss of beloved daughter. Surprisingly, at that time there was a visitorsng man of Le Mat village voluntarily gone to rescue the Princess. With his superhuman skills, along with the determination and snake catching experience, the man fought bravely to aquatic monsters and finally rescued the Princess. The King was extremely excited, as well as all inhabitants were surprised and especially people of Le Mat village also feel proud of their boy. The King decided to reward him with abundance of precious stuff like silver bullion..., but the visitorsng man refused them all, in stead, he asked the King to break the ground near the West of Thang Long together with the people in his village and neighboring ones for making their life. After the King agreed, Le Mat villagers with the visitorsng man crossed the Nhi Ha River (Red River) to the West of Thang Long for starting their life. Day by day, the land became productive, extended thanks for their try, hard-working to overcome difficulties and now the village become 13 different farming villages  known as "Thirteen farming villages". Including: Giang Vo, Ngoc Ha, Lieu Giai, Cong Vi, Ngoc Khanh, Van Phuc, Kim Ma, Xuan Bieu, Thu Le, Huu Tiep, Vinh Phuc, Cong Yen and Dai Yen.

After the opening 13 farming villages, that visitorsng man returned to strengthen the old village, so it is called as "Tru Mat". After the boy died, the villagers constructed a temple worshiping him, respected him as their God. According to his example, people in Mat Le village added catching, breeding and processing snakes to their profession apart from the usual work of farming and later became the main occupation of the village.

Currently, in the village many households in survival and enrichment from the profession of breeding. The village has dozens of specialty restaurant and many annual artistic and cultural activities and festival of the snake, including the largest Festival is Le Mat Snake Village Festival with Giao Long dance. Le Mat is a center of the Northern area about trading and exporting snakes to  other countries like China, Thailand ... at the same time it is the only famous traditional snake village in Vietnam has been awarded certificate of monument craft village and granted operation license.

 

 

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