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

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

by Philip Taylor

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 Vietnams 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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Preliminary pages
1. Modernity and Re-enchantment in Post-revolutionary Vietnam
2. Returning Home: Ancestor Veneration and the Nationalism of Doi Moi Vietnam
3. Ritual Revitalization and Nativist Ideology in Hanoi
4. Feasting with the Living and the Dead: Food and Eating in Ancestor Worship Rituals in Hoi An
5. Unjust-Death Deification and Burnt Offering: Towards an Integrative View of Popular Religion in Contemporary Southern Vietnam
6. Spirited Modernities: Mediumship and Ritual Performativity in Late Socialist Vietnam
7. Empowerment and Innovation among Saint Tran's Female Mediums
8. Buddhism for This World: The Buddhist Revival in Vietnam, 1920 to 1951, and Its Legacy
9. The 2005 Pilgrimage and Return to Vietnam of Exiled Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
10. Nationalism, Globalism and the Re-establishment of the Truc Lam Thien Buddhist Sect in Northern Vietnam
11. Miracles and Myths: Vietnam Seen through Its Catholic History
12. Strangers on the Road: Foreign Religious Organizations and Development in Vietnam
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  • Number of Pages : 492
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 900g
  • Product Code : 9789812304407
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Philip Taylor

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