除了有临时展外，每一楼层有不同主题的永久展。展览由2楼开始，主题是Women in Family。一上楼的小区域展示的是街头流动妇女小贩的生活。她们往往来自附近乡下，来到大城市租廉价房，每天起早贪黑的工作，就为了养活乡下的家人。有的丈夫工伤残疾或死亡，家庭重担完全落在妇女身上。
Although Vietnam is in name a Communist state, the practice of mother goddess worship endures through much of the country. Mother Goddesses are thought to represent heaven, earth, water, mountains, and forests. They are celebrated in rituals as symbols of fertility and creation. For the first time, the worship of Mother Goddesses is on display at a public museum in Hanoi. The exhibition, “Worshiping Mother Goddesses: Heart – Beauty – Joy,” opened at the Vietnam Women’s Museum on 5 January 2012. Its installation comes after two years of research among practitioners by the Vietnam Women’s Union.
Organizers of the exhibition reported approval difficulties with local authorities. According to anthropologist and Mother-Goddess-worship specialist Professor Ngo Duc Thinh, these problems are unsurprising, “since in the past, the worship was seen as superstition.” However, signs suggest a change, since Mother Goddess worship is at last “being officially acknowledged in modern society.” The ritual may be proposed as an UNESCO cultural heritage. This exhibition may be the first step towards greater recognition and appreciation of the ritual, as Vietnamese anthropologists propose to found a private museum focused on the worship of Mother Goddesses.
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