Hero And Deity: Tran Hung Dao And The Resurgence Of Popular Religion In Vietnam


by Pham Quynh Phuong

Hero And Deity: Tran Hung Dao And The Resurgence Of Popular Religion In Vietnam

Price:  US$26.10   (SGD36.25*)
Format:  Paper Back, 227 pages
Published:  2009, Thailand, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789743031571
SB#:  047262 (160)

About This Book

Hero and Deity is an eloquent and fascinating journey into the world of the worshippers and the cult of Tran Hung Dao. The legendary 14th-century hero and saviour of Vietnam has evolved as a key symbol of the nation as well as an efficacious deity in its spiritual pantheon. He is today a ubiquitous, multivalent symbol of the contradictions of contemporary Vietnamese society. Mapping the cult of Saint Tran "bottom up" and "top down" through the rituals, pilgrimages, and lives of his devotees, Pham Quynh Phuong traces and uncovers the sources of the contestations over the meanings of Tran Hung Dao/Saint Tran. Intertwined with this rich ethnography is a work of self-interrogation and engagement with the author's complex and changing "home," and with the diverse women and men - intellectuals, Communist Party cadres, and market sellers alike - whose lives are centered to a significant degree around the cult of Saint Tran and other deities.


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