Modernity and Re-enchantment: Religion in Post-revolutionary Vietnam

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Philip Taylor
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007 - Social Science - 491 pages
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The richness and vibrancy of Vietnamese spirituality are vividly portrayed in these twelve essays that shed light on the remarkable reflorescence of religion in this communist country.

Ancestor worship, mediumship, sacrifices, and communal rituals have not only survived Vietnam’s reintegration into the capitalist world; they are intrinsic to the dramatic reshaping of its contemporary social and cultural life. Transnational Buddhism and Christianity challenge the political status quo as they answer conflicting aspirations for enlightenment, justice, national development and cultural identity.

Making conceptual contributions to anthropology and comparative religion, this book provides insights from post-revolutionary Vietnam into the diverse passages to re-enchantment in the modern world.

 

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Contents

1 Modernity and Reenchantment in Postrevolutionary Vietnam by Philip Taylor
1
Ancestor Veneration and the Nationalism of Đổi Mới Vietnam by Kate Jellema
57
3 Ritual Revitalization and Nativist Ideology in Hanoi by Horim Choi
90
Food and Eating in Ancestor Worship Rituals in Hội An by Nir Avieli
121
Towards an Integrative View of Popular Religion in Contemporary Southern Vietnam by Ðỗ Thiện
161
Mediumship and Ritual Performativityi n Late Socialist Vietnam by Kirsten W Endres
194
7 Empowerment and Innovation among Saint Trầns Female Mediums by Phạm Quỳnh Phương
221
The Buddhist Revival in Vietnam 1920 to 1951 and Its Legacy by Elise Anne DeVido
250
10 Nationalism Globalism and the Reestablishment of the Trúc Lâm Thiền Buddhist Sect in Northern Vietnam by Alexander Soucy
342
Vietnam Seen through Its Catholic History by Jacob Ramsay
371
Foreign Religious Organizations and Development in Vietnam by Andrew WellsDang
399
Bibliography
445
Index
479
About the Contributors
489
Publications in the Vietnam Update Series
492
Copyright

9 The 2005 Pilgrimage and Return to Vietnam of Exiled Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh by John Chapman
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About the author (2007)

 Philip Taylor is QEII Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, at the Australian National University. 

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