|Upright and unflinching: Artists perform at a ceremony to commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of Nguyen Mau Tai. — Photo vov.vn
|Viet Nam News
HA NOI — The Temple of Literature recently hosted the 400th birthday anniversary of a famous Vietnamese historical and cultural figure, Nguyen Mau Tai.
Tai was born in 1616 in Kim Son Village in what is now Ha Noi’s Gia Lam District. He became a doctor when he was only 30.
He held many significant positions as a royal mandarin, serving five Kings Le and three Lords Trinh.
Tai was praised by Lord Trinh Can (1633-1709) as a living example for posterity, and an upright, loyal, unflinching person by Le and Nguyen dynasties historians.
Associate Professor Nguyen Thanh Nam, head of the temple’s administration board, said Tai was a living example of protecting the law and rejecting sycophants.
“He was also a staunch and upright mandarin, as he was reappointed in 1676, but refused. According to historical studies, young people can learn many things from his life story,” Nam said.
Alongside political contributions, cultural and historical researchers have affirmed his dedication to poetry and literature during the 17th century, and they also announced the publication of a documentary book entitled Cultural and Historical Figure, Grand Councillor and Doctor Nguyen Mau Tai (1616–88) – Biography and Lifelong Career. — VNS