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Statue of Mother Au Co cast (October 12, 2004)

Artisans began casting a statue depicting Au Co, the wife of Lac Long Quan, who according to legend is the first King and founder of Vietnam, at the Hung King Temple in Lam Thao district, northern Phu Tho province last Saturday.

The 1.7-m high statue of Au Co will be cast in copper and resembles the Au Co statue that is worshipped at the Au Co Temple in Hien Luong village, Ha Hoa district, in Phu Tho province.

Together with the Au Co statue, artisans also cast the statues of Lac Hau (a civilian ranking official) and of Lac Tuong (a military officer) who helped the rulers in administrative and military affairs. The statues are 1.6 metres in height and are also made of copper.

According to legend, the princess Au Co was the wife of the dragon lord Lac Long Quan, the first King and Founder of Vietnam. She gave birth to 100 sons who were the first generation of the indigenous Vietnamese people. (VNA)

Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper


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