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Modernity and Re-enchantment
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. 1. Modernity and Re-enchantment in Post-revolutionary Vietnam
  2. pp. 1-56
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  1. 2. Returning Home: Ancestor Veneration and the Nationalism of Đổi Mới Vietnam
  2. pp. 57-89
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  1. 3. Ritual Revitalization and Nativist Ideology in Hanoi
  2. pp. 90-120
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  1. 4. Feasting with the Living and the Dead: Food and Eating in Ancestor Worship Rituals in Hội An
  2. pp. 121-160
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  1. 5. Unjust-Death Deification and Burnt Offering: Towards an Integrative View of Popular Religion in Contemporary Southern Vietnam
  2. pp. 161-193
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  1. 6. Spirited Modernities: Mediumship and Ritual Performativityi n Late Socialist Vietnam
  2. pp. 194-220
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  1. 7. Empowerment and Innovation among Saint Trần’s Female Mediums
  2. pp. 221-249
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  1. 8. “Buddhism for This World”: The Buddhist Revival in Vietnam, 1920 to 1951, and Its Legacy
  2. pp. 250-296
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  1. 9. The 2005 Pilgrimage and Return to Vietnam of Exiled Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh
  2. pp. 297-341
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  1. 10. Nationalism, Globalism and the Re-establishment of the Trúc Lâm Thiền Buddhist Sect in Northern Vietnam
  2. pp. 342-370
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  1. 11. Miracles and Myths: Vietnam Seen through Its Catholic History
  2. pp. 371-398
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  1. 12. Strangers on the Road: Foreign Religious Organizations and Development in Vietnam
  2. pp. 399-444
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 445-478
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 479-488
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 489-491
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  1. Publications in the Vietnam Update Series
  2. pp. 492-492
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