Hero and Deity

Tran Hung Dao and the Resurgence of Popular Religion in Vietnam

Pham Quynh Phuong

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  • Published: 2009
  • Subject Listing: Anthropology
  • Bibliographic information: 240 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: Not Available in Southeast Asia
  • Distributed for: Silkworm Books
  • Series: Mekong Press
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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 cult
of 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.