Deciphering the dragon image with female hands at King Dinh temple

The dragons with female hands at King Dinh temple near Tam Coc Ninh Binh are rare cases, not to mention unique.

The dragons with female hands at King Dinh temple near Tam Coc Ninh Binh are rare cases, not to mention unique. From the metaphors created by folk carvers, we have the opportunity to reflect on the history of the pre-dynastic kings. This new discovery is causing a stir among researchers. The following is an article by art researcher Trang Thanh Hien explaining this dragon symbol with female hands. As we know, the Dinh and Tien Le dynasties only lasted a short time in history with only 42 years, but this was a dynasty with many events, even court suspicions, which today Historians still disagree.

This is also a rare dynasty…

This is also a rare dynasty in Vietnamese history in which a queen became the queen of two kings, Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Hoan. It was this trio that created important links in a heroic historical period of the first unified centralized feudal state in our country. In addition, in this history of construction and restoration of King Dinh and King Le temples near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, the changing of places of worship and the placement of statues of kings and queens Queen Duong Van Nga has created interesting stories. on the very architecture and carvings of this temple.

As the phoenix image was removed from the footstone carvings at King Dinh temple when this temple was restored in the 19th century, also when Duong Van Nga was separated to worship at King Le temple 500m away. According to some historical researchers, in the past, Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Hoan were worshiped in the same court as Duong Empress at the present Dinh King temple. In the Later Le period, in the eyes of the Confucians, they thought this was unreligious, so they abandoned it

Back to the stone pillars carved with dragons…

Back to the stone pillars carved with dragons in King Dinh’s temple, one is placed in front of the three foreign bodies and the other is placed in front of the road. This position is also repeated in the same way in the temple of King Le, but with two untouched traps. Thus, it is possible that these two dragon-carved stone pillars were present in Dinh temple today before the statues of Duong Van Nga and Le Hoan were brought to the temple of King Le near Tam Coc Ninh Binh.

This also means that they belonged to the temples of the pre-dynastic kings and Queen Duong Van Nga before this relic was split into two places. This theory has reasonable factors, because the dragon collapse is a product of the feudal culture and is a symbol for the king. Since there are two kings who are worshiped, there must be two dragon traps. This is also the key to explaining the female hands on these dragons bearing this king symbol. Is the historical role of Ms. Duong Van Nga clearly shown here.

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