Unit 3 – Question 2

TASK 3, Question 2

I have learned many interesting examples of codes from history in this Unit. I am fascinated with the code names Caesar Cipher, one of the oldest but simplest ciphers used by Julius Caesar around 58 BC to communicate with his generals.

Back to Vietnamese history, I remember there was an army code used in wars of ancient Vietnamese people. This code still remains today as the form of a famous drum dance in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam.

According to historical researchers of the Tay Son movement, Binh Dinh province, Tay Son Martial Arts Music was formed and developed from the Tay Son Peasant Uprising Movement in the second half of the 18th century. It has been associated with the heroic feats in the cause of clearing enemies, fighting the enemy outside the reunification of the country and liberating the nation under the strategic commands of the king Quang Trung – Nguyen Hue.

In the old days, the drummers in battle must be masters of martial arts. Legend has it that the Tay Son family set out the martial arts music to train troops and control battles. The ancient Tay Son martial arts orchestra consisted of sixteen war drums, tu va (a kind of musical instrument made from buffalo horns) and, gongs, etc… The war drum is the soul of martial arts music. Currently, the war drum is only twelve drums, representing the twelve animals in Vietnamese Culture (Mouse, Buffalo, Tiger, Cat, Dragon…), arranged in three tiers on the rack, in response to the philosophy of the three talents. A drum song of the Tay Son Battle consists of 3 recitations: Outing, Fighting and Triumph.

The reason why I have shared this ‘Drum Martial Arts Music in Binh Dinh Province’ is to make clear the use of codes dating back long time ago, and ancient Vietnamese peasants also knew how to practice the non – digital codes to protect their country.

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