Veitnam fisherman, Worship the Whale
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Lạng Sơn : Vietnam | Nov 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM PST
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LY SON ISLAND: The time beaten fishermen of Vietnam before their prayers to unusual god "Mr. Whale or Ca Ong". The multicoloured and beautiful temple of Ly Son Island is domed there.

Nguyen Hoang Loi makes a pilgrimage to a well decorated Tan Temple, which houses the remains of two sacred giant whales. On a month long voyage to the sea. Up and down Vietnam's 3,200 kilometres (2,000 miles) of coastline, fishing communities worship giant whales, which they view as their guardian angels -- a religious phenomenon of a type said is not found the country any where. In the time of storm or avoid any overwhelming , the use to pray to Mr. Whale and require the help from them, said by an old man , Xuong 79 years fisherman, and priest of the Temple. This custodian of the temple Tan added, "The whale will appear beside their boat, helping them through the dangerous moments," Further ,Xuong unseals two dimly lit rooms behind Tan Temple's ornate altar piece, where the bones of two giant whales are stored, after praying.

The whales are weighed between 50 and 70 tons when alive and were both more than 20 metres long,on Ly Son's shores over 100 years ago, Xuong said.

The creatures were so big that hundreds of people would normally have struggled to haul them in, but after many prayers and rituals, just a few dozen islanders managed to drag them ashore with the help of a favourable tide, he said.

Beached whales are given traditional Vietnamese funerals -- they are buried for between five and 10 years, and then their bones are excavated and kept above ground.

Whale oil is separated off and stored in huge ceramic containers to be used during ritual cleaning of the whale bones on their death anniversary.

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Way of Life as Worshipping Whale by Vietnamees
LY-SON ISLAND:- The time beaten fishermen of Vietnam are offering prays to the temple of Tan to homage to Mr. Whale or Ca Ong. In the colourful temple of Tan in Ly Son Island, off sea shore of Vietnam.
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