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Hero and Deity : Tran Hung Dao and the Resurgence of Popular Religion in Vietnam (Paperback)

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Hero and Deity is an eloquent and fascinating journey into the world of the worshippers and the cult of Tran Hung Dao. The legendary fourteenth-century hero and savior of Vietnam has evolved as a key symbol of the nation as well as an efficacious deity in its spiritual pantheon. Today he is a ubiquitous, multivalent symbol of the contradictions of contemporary Vietnamese society.

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 cultof Saint Tran and other deities. The book is a contribution to the ethnography of Vietnam, cultural studies, and Asian studies and also an original and stimulating introduction to contemporary Vietnamese society.


Publisher Silkworm Books
Mfg Part# 9789743031571
SKU 210799185
Format Paperback
ISBN10 974303157X
Release Date 4/30/2009
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