Rice, Family, Ancestors: The Precious Ingredients of Landscape Heritage in Rural Vietnam


  • Laura Appignanesi Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy


interaction between man and environment, socio-economic model and cultural traditions, passage - house and living complex


The reading of an anthropized environment is always a rather complex task, because of the many different variables (e.g. geomorphological, climatic, historical, economic, etc., factors) determining its origin. In this article, the traits of the traditional Vietnamese society are described with the aim of providing a reading key highlighting the influence of socio-cultural aspects on the configuration of the settlings and dwellings in the rural areas of Vietnam. The result of this analysis is the realization of how functional the urban layout of the traditional village and the characteristics of the dwellings are to the structure of a rural society based upon the fundamental importance of family, the division into clans and ancestor worship, the agricultural economy based on the cultivation of rice. These elements are the real genetic factors of a visible landscape generated by the interaction between man and environment.



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How to Cite

Appignanesi, L. (2014). Rice, Family, Ancestors: The Precious Ingredients of Landscape Heritage in Rural Vietnam. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 2(1). Retrieved from https://ajouronline.com/index.php/AJHSS/article/view/731