The mystery of Sapa ancient rock

Sapa Vietnam ancient stone beach was discovered by French scholar V. Gulubep in 1925 with a length of more than 4km and a width of more than 2km. The entire rocky beach has nearly 200 large and small stones, the largest is 15m long, 6m high, scattered in an open-air, semi-open or underground manner. Most of the stones have carvings of natural phenomena, drawings showing daily life and productive labor, and human figures in many positions. The layers of carving on stone include many different types such as realistic paintings, decorative patterns, the most notable of which are drawings of people, houses on stilts, pictures of men and women mating or parallel lines, Human figure radiating aura, Muong Hoa valley map, square, rectangular, single, double, cross-sectional lines, birds and animals, daily life scenes….

Looking closely at the rocks, we can guess and interpret it as a map, a record of the weather, a concept of life… of the owner of the rock. Scientists hypothesize that it is an ancient map of ethnic minorities living in this area or almost an ancient book introducing ancient battles. In this ancient rock site, the most notable are the wife’s rock, the husband’s stone, the tiger herd, and the stele engraved with words that, according to legend, are the incantations of a group of stoneworkers to destroy the tigers that come to disturb them. destroy the villagers.

In Hau Thao commune, the rocks are concentrated into two large beaches. Bai Mot is located next to the Pho village of the Mong people, extending down to the stream bed. The number of rocks here with carved shapes is not much, but they are all large blocks, with blocks up to 13m long. The carvings here have funny figures in various forms. Bai Hai is located on the border of Hau Thao and Lao Chai communes, on the trail from the main road through the terraced fields to the H’mong village of Hau Chu Ngai on the top of the mountain. This is a large rock field with over 100 carved stones of various types. In the area at the foot of Cau May in Ta Van commune, or as far as Su Pan commune, there are a few single stones, carved with patterns that are not much different from the two beaches mentioned above.

According to scientists, the carving on the ancient rock is a huge book containing the knowledge and concepts of the ancients about nature, describing the daily life of the community… carved with pictures. pictures and a type of ancient text. However, until now, scientists have not been able to make accurate statements about the origin and true owners of these rocks.

Sapa Vietnam is not the only place where carved rocks have been discovered because there are many similar places in the world. But for Vietnam, the ancient stone field of Sapa has proved that the ancient Vietnamese people from time immemorial knew how to tame nature to survive and develop. Scientists consider this to be a great heritage of mankind, they not only carry aesthetic values but also have spiritual significance as a mysterious message that ancestors sent back. for future descendants. Sapa Vietnam ancient stone beach is still lying there hiding the mysteries of ancient people, challenging domestic and foreign scientists and also becoming an attractive tourist destination for tourists every time they come to Sapa Vietnam.

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