Hero and Deity : Tran Hung Dao and the Resurgence of Popular Religion in Vietnam Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Silkworm Books / Trasvin Publications LP
- Publication Date: 04/03/2009
- Category: Sociology & anthropology
- ISBN: 9789743031571