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PART I In 20000 BC before the first history was recorded in writings there had been already among people the legends and mythology about the origin of mankind and stories about the beginning of formation of Viet nation from HUNG VUONG These are stories on HONG BANG dynasty on offspring of dragon and fairy bag of hundred eggs eighteen kings of Hung Vuong dynasty Son Tinh - Thuy Tinhs conflict Thanh Giongs victory over An foreign aggressors folk of betel and areca nuts banh chung banh day watermelon All these legends together can be regarded as a folk history comprising mythology characteristic as well as core of history in memory and tradition through many ages of people Most of history of a nation of the world with or without writing is penetrated with treasure of folk and legends In era of TRAN 1226-1400 and LE 1428-1527 these historic legends were firstly collected and compiled by the contemporary authors view The two symbolic works of this aspect were Viet Dien U Linh by Ly Te Xuyen with a foreword in 1329 and Linh Nam Trich Quai by Tran The Phap in around end of Tran then edited by Vu Quynh and Kieu Phu in Le era with prologue in 1492-1493 The Vietnamese have attempted to give their country a history as hoary as Chinas According to one of the numerous legends concerning the origin of their state a Vietnamese prince named LAC LONG QUAN came to Northern Viet Nam from his home in the sea He married a princess from the mountain AUCO who is also described as the wife of a Northern Intruder Chinese on the top of Mount Tan Vien sometimes around 2800 BC Instead of the commonplace results of a union the princess laid 100 eggs - when they hatched a son emerged from each of them Afterward the reason why the parents separated was told like this The
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