Vietnam: Cham museum in Danang

The Cham museum exhibits items from the 4th to the 13th century. The museum opened in 1915 as the Musée Henri Parmentier. The artefacts were found in Mỹ Sơn, Trà Kiệu, Đồng Dương, Tháp Mẫm, Quang Tri, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định and Kon Tum. My Son is the Vietnamese Angkor Wat.

The statues are mainly made of sandstone and terra cotta. The artefacts were found in Cham temples and worshipping sites.

Their artefacts reminded me of ancient cultures in South and Central America, but definitely have Indian influences as well.

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Pirates

The Cham descend from the Champa people, and can be found in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand). Originally they probably came from Borneo. Their prosperity came from trading sandalwood and slaves and probably from

Matriarch

In Vietnam, the Cham had a matriarchical culture. Lady Po Nagar is said to have founded the Champa state, between Hue and the north of the Mekong. Spirits helped her when she drifted on a piece of sandalwood to  China. She fell in love with a royal heir and became queen of Champa.
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In the 11th century, the Cham people started converting from Hinduism to Islam.Their temples show similarities to those in Angkor.In the 15th Century, the Vietnamese invaded Champa. Most people were killed or fled.

Cham Museum, Danang

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