Possessed by the Spirits: Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities

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SEAP Publications, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 186 pages
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The essays in this volume examine the resurgence of the Mother Goddess religion among contemporary Vietnamese following the economic "Renovation" period in Vietnam. Anthropologists explore the forces that compel individuals to become mediums and the social repercussions of their decisions and interactions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Its History Pantheon and Practices
19
Tran Hung Dao and the Mother Goddess Religion
31
The Performance of
55
Spirit Performance and the Ritual Construction of Personal Identity
77
Transnational Aspects of Spirit Possession
95
Spirit Possession and Personal Transformation
111
Spirit Mediums
143
Do the Four Palaces Inhabit an East Asian Landscape?
161
Glossary
183
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