Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit / Edition 1

Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit / Edition 1

by Van Huy Nguyen
     
 

Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit takes the reader on an informed and engaging journey into the social and ritual life of contemporary Vietnam. Created to accompany the first major collaboration between a Vietnamese museum and an American museum on an exhibition of Vietnamese culture, this book moves beyond the troubled wartime history of both nations to a… See more details below

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Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit takes the reader on an informed and engaging journey into the social and ritual life of contemporary Vietnam. Created to accompany the first major collaboration between a Vietnamese museum and an American museum on an exhibition of Vietnamese culture, this book moves beyond the troubled wartime history of both nations to a deeper portrayal of how Vietnamese of different ages, ethnicities, occupations, and circumstances live at the start of the twenty-first century. The contributors-most of whom live and work in Vietnam, while others have spent many years in intimate association with Vietnamese life-offer a unique perspective on the country and its diverse cultural mosaic. The text is complemented by a rich collection of photographs and illustrations that capture the complexity and nuance of daily life. While the Vietnam War dominated the consciousness of a generation of Americans, few understand the country and few can imagine what it is like today. Appearing more than a decade after Vietnam's entrance into the global market and more than a quarter century after the cessation of hostilities between the Vietnamese and U.S. governments, this book provides a new understanding of how Vietnamese live, work, and celebrate critical passages of life and time. Copublished with the American Museum of Natural History and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Illustrations: 160 color photographs, 12 b/w photographs, 1 map


About the Author:
Nguyen Van Huy is Director of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and the principal author of The Cultural Mosaic of Ethnic Groups in Vietnam (1997). Laurel Kendall is Curator of the Asian EthnographicCollections at the American Museum of Natural History. Her books include Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity (California, 1996) as well as several other works on gender and popular religion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520238718
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/02/2003
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Introduction A Journey between Two Museums
—Laurel Kendall and Nguyen Van Huy

1 One Country, Many Journeys
—Oscar Salemink

2 Vietnam’s Ethnic Mosaic
—Frank Proschan

3 Tet Holidays: Ancestral Visits and Spring Journeys
—Nguyen Van Huy

4 The Mid-Autumn Festival (Tet Trung Thu), Yesterday and Today
—Nguyen Van Huy

5 Four Ways to Map a Year’s Journey
—Chu Van Khanh, Cam Trong, and A Bao

6 Bat Trang: A Pottery Village and Global Node
—Nguyen Anh Ngoc

7 Scenes from the Sapa Market
—Claire Burkert

8 The Yao Initiation Ceremony in the New Market Economy
—Ly Hanh Son

9 Weddings and Funerals in Contemporary Vietnam
—Shaun Kingsley Malarney

10 Other Journeys of the Dead
—Luu Hung, Nguyen Trung Dung, Tran Thi Thu Thuy, Vi Van An, and Vo Thi Thuong

11 The Village God’s Journey
—Nguyen Van Huy, Nguyen Anh Ngoc, Nguyen Huy Hong, and Nguyen Trung Dung

12 The Perilous Journey of the Then Spirit Army: A Shamanic Ritual of the Tay People
—La Cong Y

13 Len Dong: Spirits’ Journeys
—Ngo Duc Thinh

List of Contributors
Photograph Credits
Index

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