Spirits without Borders Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a Transnational Age

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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An ethnographic study of the transnational and multicultural expansion of Vietnam's Mother Goddess Religion and its spirit possession ritual, this book is the product of collaborative research by an American anthropologist and a Vietnamese folklorist. Spirits without Bordersexplores how and why the ritual spread from Vietnam to the United States and back again, the impact of ritual transnationalism in both countries, and the current spread of the ritual to non-Vietnamese in the US.

Author Biography

Karen Fjelstad is Lecturer in Anthropology at San Jose State University. Nguyen Thi Hienworks at the Institute of Culture and Arts Studies in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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"A refreshing and very readable account of spirit possession, this engaging work is especially noteworthy for its original focus on transnational religious practice between Vietnam and California. With its emphasis on the conduct of fieldwork and its clarity of expression, this ethnography will serve as an excellent addition to courses." - Michael Lambek, Professor and Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto; author of The Weight of the Past (Palgrave, 2002) and editor of Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language, and Action (2010)"This book is a great contribution to our understanding of the way that religious and ritual practices travel the world, along with the people that embody those practices. Written in a highly engaging style, it invites readers on a journey of discovery and makes them feel as if they are joining in their own lifelong research endeavor." - Oscar Salemink, Professor of Anthropology of Asia, University of Copenhagen"A fascinating ethnographic and historical account of the transnational dimensions of Vietnamese spirit mediumship, known as lên dong. Although lên dong originated in northern Vietnam, in recent decades it has experienced significant transformations as its practices and practitioners have moved between Vietnam and the United States. The authors richly describe these changes while also compellingly demonstrating how lên dong has continued to provide comfort and meaning in a complex and changing world." - Shaun Kingsley Malarney, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, International Christian University, Tokyo

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