Epic (Ot N’drong) – is a form of singing to tell stories orally handed down from one generation to another; is an indispensable cultural activity of M’nong people. The environment of the performance is quite rich, for example in the forest, in the field, at home… in leisure time to serve the recreational needs of the community. Epics have a variety of content but mostly praise the history of formation of the villages, showing feelings and emotions, telling interesting love stories, dreams in the life of M’nong ethnic group.
Ot N’drong of M’nong people has a particularly important role in the M’nong life in Dak Nong. Besides reflecting the outlook on the world and life of M’nong people, M’nong Ot N’drong is associated with the cultural life of the community, which is significant in the transmission of culture, experience and life skills, labor, production, and struggle; satisfying the needs of entertainment, community attachment, traditional education for younger generation… Ot N’drong became a form of community cultural activities, is the unique cultural identity of M’nong people in the South Central Highlands. Ot N’drong of M’nong people is told in various contexts, spaces and times: from the joys of the villagers to the festivals, rituals, love confession of the girls and boys, to the duel of reason, punishments, suits, etc., it can be used to entertain, advise, educate people, direct human beings to the true, the good and the beautiful.
Today, epic still plays an important role in the social life of M’nong people in the South Central Highlands. Therefore, the collection, preservation and promotion of the epic’s values of M’nong people are increasingly meaningful in the contemporary life of the nation and to hand down to the future generations