Modernity and Re-enchantment

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

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Modernity and Re-enchantment vividly portrays the richness and vibrancy of Vietnamese spirituality in these twelve essays, which 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 504 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073912739X
  • 9780739127391

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This volume presents pioneering anthropological and historical research that focuses on the revival and resurgence of religion in modern and early modern Vietnam ... This important volume will be of interest to specialists in Vietnam studies, researchers interested in religion and modernity, scholars of global Buddhism, and anyone seeking to understand the recent efflorescence of religion in post-renovation Vietnam. Religious Studies Review, September 2009 Philip Taylor and his colleagues have produced a striking collection of essays about religion in contemporary Vietnam that not only indicates its resurgent vitality and multiplicity of forms?often highly local yet embedded in modern processes of development, social change, migration, and market relations?but also challenge[s] many common assumptions about religion in modern market economies. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the role and presence of religion in the modern world, and to all who are interested in debates about globalisation and modernity, and to religion in Asia ... indicating clearly that we need to pay more attention to the nuances of local diversity if we are to gain a properly informed understanding of the continuing dynamic presence of religion in the modern world.. -- Ian Reader, University of Manchester Philip Taylor and his colleagues have produced a striking collection of essays about religion in contemporary Vietnam that not only indicates its resurgent vitality and multiplicity of forms-often highly local yet embedded in modern processes of development, social change, migration, and market relations-but also challenge[s] many common assumptions about religion in modern market economies. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the role and presence of religion in the modern world, and to all who are interested in debates about globalisation and modernity, and to religion in Asia ... indicating clearly that we need to pay more attention to the nuances of local diversity if we are to gain a properly informed understanding of the continuing dynamic presence of religion in the modern world. -- Ian Reader, University of Manchestershow more

About Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor is senior fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Modernity and Re-enchantment in Post-revolutionary Vietnam Chapter 3 2. Returning Home: Ancestor Veneration and the Nationalism of ioi Moi Vietnam Chapter 4 3. Ritual Revitalization and Nativist Ideology in Hanoi Chapter 5 4. Feasting with the Living and the Dead: Food and Eating in Ancestor Worship Rituals in Hoi An Chapter 6 5. Unjust-Death Deification and Burnt Offering: Towards an Integrative View of Popular Religion in Contemporary Southern Vietnam Chapter 7 6. Spirited Modernities: Mediumship and Ritual Performativity in Late Socialist Vietnam Chapter 8 7. Empowerment and Innovation among Saint Tran's Female Mediums Chapter 9 8. "Buddhism for This World": The Buddhist Revival in Vietnam, 1920 to 1951, and Its Legacy Chapter 10 9. The 2005 Pilgrimage and Return to Vietnam of Exiled Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Chapter 11 10. Nationalism, Globalism, and the Re-establishment of the Truc Lam Thien Buddhist Sect in Northern Vietnam Chapter 12 11. Miracles and Myths: Vietnam Seen through Its Catholic History Chapter 13 12. Strangers on the Road: Foreign Religious Organizations and Development in Vietnamshow more

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