Several thousand years ago in the period of Hung Vuong the third, the
unified states of Van Lang lived happily in peace and prosperity.
The mountain Tan Vien rose high to the top white clouds. The
Hong river whirled its way out to the open sea. Cargo boats
ran back and forth in all directions. Green rice fields extended
their vast bounty to the far horizon.
the rainy monsoon seasons, Dong – the Thunder God –
liked to visit the Dong village in Van Lang. He returned one
rainy day and left a foot mark in the eggplant garden. After
the rain, a pretty village girl stepped into his foot print and
later gave birth to a baby named Dong.
Dong neither laughed nor talked. Though 3 years of age, he stayed
in bed without any movement. One day, a nomadic tribe from the
North attacked the country. They burned houses, and robbed and
killed many innocent people. Wherever they went, they brought
destruction and crime. There was great suffering. The governor
Lac Vuong sent messengers throughout the land to find those who
could save the land and its people. One day, a messenger came
to the Dong village and read out loud the governor’s summon.
Hearing the messenger, baby Dong spoke: "Go ask the king
to make me an iron horse, iron armor, and an iron whip. With
those items, I will defeat the attackers." Surprised, the
messenger obeyed and immediately returned to the capital.
the messenger’s report, the governor ordered use of all
of the iron in storage. He asked the good blacksmiths everywhere
to come to work at the capital. People took turns working
day and night. Soon they had made enough weapons to fight the
attackers. Meanwhile, in Phu Dong village, baby Dong started
eating more and more. The villagers helped out by sharing their
rice and food. Baby Dong continued to eat until he became a tall
and robust young man. He put on the iron armor, picked up the
iron whip, and jumped up on the iron horse. Many people followed
his leadership into battle.
fought vigorously and miraculously. When his iron whip was broken,
he used his hand to pull up the bamboo trees to strike the attackers’
heads. After he defeated the attackers, the people asked him
to become their general to protect them and to lead them. Declining
their offer and great power, Dong rode his iron horse to the
crest of mountain Soc Son in the Yen Viet region and disappeared
honor of his achievement, the governor built a temple and officially
gave him the title "Deity Phu Dong." Today, in Phu
Dong village, there is a temple where people commemorate him
at the Dong festival every year.