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Performing the Divine free pdf Vietnam has experienced not only market reform and economic growth but also a related, symbiotic revival of popular religion which - once attacked as wasteful and superstitious - has again become a conspicuous feature of contemporary life. A blossoming of spirit mediumship has been part of this revival, not least that involving ritual possession by the deities of the Four Palace Pantheon, which this study brings to life with a deft handling of complex theory, historical research, ethnographic material and analysis. This is a sojourn into the world of mediumship in urban Vietnam - a world of colour, laughter, music and ritual dance - and also an insightful study of spirituality, performance, gender and heritage, highlighting the fluidity of ritual practice and contestations of ritual performance among practitioners.

About Kirsten W. Endres

Kirsten W. Endres is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (Germany). She has worked and carried out field research in Vietnam since the mid-1990s. Her ethnographic research spans rural and urban communities in both northern and southern regions of the country.

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Author : Kirsten W. Endres
Publisher : NIAS Press
Data Published : 01 June 2011
ISBN : 8776940756
EAN : 9788776940751
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 288 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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