Dark and troubled
, to say the least.
To start it off, Vietnamese people have a creation myth involving L c Long Quân, the Dragon
Lord of Lac Viet. Having battled monsters here and there
, he settled down
with Âu C , the
of Âu Vi t. She gave birth to a sac with 100 eggs inside, which hatched into 100
children. Because of the couple's insurmountable differences, their marriage didn't work out and
they had to split the family. Half the kids would follow their father to the sea where he ought to
live, the rest stayed with Âu C in the dry, hilly land and founded a kingdom.
the Bách Vi t people, Văn Lang the first Viet nation and
the first known divorce in Vietnamese
. Modern Vietnamese still call themselves "con r ng cháu tiên", or "children of the
dragon, grandchildren of fairies''. Pretty convenient if you want to forge a common identity for a
Myths aside, Vietnam identifies itself with a Bronze Age culture called Đông S n, which is best
known for its intricate decor motifs on bronze drums. It was from this culture that the state of
Văn Lang allegedly arose, and if there's any truth in the creation myth, the dragon-fairy marriage
can be interpreted as an alliance of highland and lowland tribes, the seed for what would
eventually become Vietnam. Văn Lang was succeeded by Âu L c, which in turn was conquered
by the Eastern Han Dynasty of China in 111 BC. The following
domination over Vietnam, interspersed by rebellions. (Some of them were led by women
expected from a matriarchal culture). But also thanks to the Hans, it's from this point onward that
the history of Vietnam was at least recorded.
In 938 AD, a Vietnamese Lord named Ngô Quy n finally defeated the Chinese, and reclaimed