The Space of Gongs Culture in the Central Highlands streches over five Central Highlands’ provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. The subjet of this cultural space is home to different ethnic groups of Ede, M’nong, Bahnar, Jarai, Lat, etc…
When the forest wind comes, that is also the time of all fields are completely harvested. All families and highland villages organize festivals and ceremonies like naming a child ceremony, grown up ceremony and engagement ceremony,…For above activities, the sound of Gongs can not be lacked. Gongs are not only used to exchange with the deities and to communicate to all people in the highland villages, but Gongs are also the spirits of the Central Highland people who are full of love and desires of life.
Central Highlands’ Gongs always come with a “set of gongs”. For example, Ede’s Gongs ranges from 7 to 10 ones. The local people can know exactly what is happening due to the gongs’ sound. For a tomb abandoning ceremony, gongs’ sound is sad indeed and for a wedding ceremony, gongs’ sound is normally resounding,… Gongs have become common to ethnic group community’s daily life.
The Space of Gongs’ Culture of Central Highlands has recognized by UNESCO as “Masterpiece of intangible cultural heritage of the humankind” (Nov, 25th 2005).