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Goddess on the Rise: Pilgrimage and Popular Religion in Vietnamby Philip Taylor
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Taylor (anthropology, Australian National U.) provides an ethnographic account of pilgrimages and the revival of popular religion in Vietnam. Focusing on the goddess known as the Lady of the Realm, whose shrine near the Vietnam-Cambodia border attracts one of the largest pilgrimages in the country, Taylor's study demonstrates the growing interest in recent years in feminine spirits. It offers insights into the "effervescence, creativity, social complexity, and interpretive ferment of popular religiosity" in contemporary Vietnam, and a unique look at the economic, cultural, and social changes occurring in the country today.
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Since the early 1990s, the shrine of Ba Chua Xu, the Lady of the Realm, has become the most visited religious site in southern Vietnam, receiving more than a million visitors annually. Mother, benevolent creditor, healer, relationship advisor, business consultant, the Lady of the Realm is one of a group of goddesses whose shrines attract devotees from all corners of rural and urban society. Goddess on the Rise follows these pilgrims' pathways, taking readers on a journey through a cultural landscape of popular rites, beliefs, and exegesis into a world where female deities reign supreme. Philip Taylor's in-depth study of pilgrimage introduces readers to the practical expectations, passions, and controversies that surround the goddesses, bringing to life the effervescence, creativity, and flux of modern Vietnamese religion. He offers important insights into people's everyday experience of the profound economic, cultural, and social transformations underway in this socialist country.
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