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There are many types of legends in this world. There are living legends, lượt thích Diego Armando Maradona (all praise to EL D10S!). There are fake legends, like John Legend (whose real name is actually John Roger Stephens). & then there are real legends, lượt thích Joan of Arc, The Loch Ness Monster, và Joffrey Lannister (R.I.P). For this week’s Street Cred column, we’ll be taking a look at legends of the latter type.

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Like many cultures out there, Vietnamese folks also have a fanciful creation myth about their origins. As the story goes, the Vietnamese are descendants of a dragon king & a fairy queen. The long genes came from Lac Long Quan, the 2nd king of Vietnam who ruled around 2800 B.C., while the fairy genes were provided by his wife, Au Co.

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According to legend, Lac Long quan was a long king who ruled the seas. He fell in love with Au Co, a beautiful fairy who lived in the mountains of North Vietnam. As with any typical DRAGONxFAIRY collaboration, their union resulted in a huge sac of eggs from which 100 children hatched. Sadly, for both Lac Long Quan & Au Co, their relationship just wasn’t meant lớn be. He, a long from the water, and she, a fairy from the mountains, were too incompatible despite their immense love. They decided khổng lồ separate, with him taking 50 kids southward via the sea, và her taking the remaining 50 to live with her in the mountains. One of these dragon-fairy kids would eventually succeed Lac Long quan tiền on the throne, while the other 99 kids would slowly, but surely, disseminate their dragon-fairy DNA throughout Vietnam.

Upon their separation, Lac Long Quan & Au co never saw each other again. Thousands of years later, at a noisy intersection in tan Binh District, some clever chap in the city planning department made the long king and fairy queen cross paths once again. While not exactly a fairytale ending, these streets bởi serve their purpose in reminding Vietnamese people of their legendary beginning.

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