September 9, 2014 ICS Travel Group

Traditions & Beliefs | The Non La

The Non la (palm-leaf conical hat) comes from a legend related to Vietnam’s history of growing rice?

The story is about a giant woman from the sky who protected humankind from a deluge of rain. She wore a hat made of four round shaped leaves to guard against all the rain. After the Goddess was gone, Vietnamese built a temple to commemorate her as the Rain-shielding Goddess. Vietnamese tried to make a hat modelling after the Goddess’ by stitching together palm leaves, which is now known as Non la.