Religion

  • History of Vietnamese Food

    History of Vietnamese Food

    Steeped in history, Vietnamese cuisine is one of the jewels of South-east Asia. The style of cooking, which has evolved over many centuries, is a wonderful blend of Chinese and Asian spices, flavours and techniques, fused with the ingredients and...

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  • Vietnam Figurines

    Vietnam Figurines

    You can buy assorted souvenir stuffs in saigon like my favorite fridge magnets and shot glasses but I bought one kind of thing that ticked my fancy, the iconic vietnamese figurines showing a classic vietnamese girl in a blue aoi dai and a straw...

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  • Craft Villages

    Craft Villages

    Da Si village, famous throughout north Vietnam for its high quality knives Traditional craft villages are a longstanding convention in Vietnam as a means of supplementing income from farming – nearly always rice cultivation. Over time, the...

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  • Crossing the streets in Danang City

    Crossing the streets in Danang City

    Look ahead and just walk across...Avoid direct eye contact with the motorists and your body language will confuse them

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  • Vietnam’s religions

    Vietnam’s religions

    The complex patchwork of belief in Vietnam In Vietnam, little is what it appears to be on the surface. The country’s religion is an excellent example. Ostensibly, Vietnam is a Buddhist country – around 80% of the population regard themselves as adherents. Pagodas are everywhere, and Buddhist festivals are embedded in the calendar. Also evident are temples with large effigies of obviously non-Buddhist deities and historical figures, as well as Christian churches and signs of...
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  • Ancestor worship

    Ancestor worship

    The presence of the dead, the behavior of the living, and an influence on the future - the many generations of the Vietnamese family Ancestor worship was introduced into Vietnam by the Chinese during their long occupation of the country that began 200 years before the birth of Christ. Since then, it has been fully absorbed into the Vietnamese consciousness and, with Confucianism, underpins the country’s religion and social fabric. Ancestor worship is not only the adhesive that binds...
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  • Buddhism

    Buddhism

    Buddha was born in Nepal, five centuries before Christ. His teaching was based on Brahmanism but without a deity or ritual. After his death, Buddhism acquired the trappings of a religion and split into two schools. Theravada Buddhism In the south of India, Theravada Buddhism remained close to the Buddha’s teaching and aimed at acquiring ‘Nirvana’ – complete detachment from worldly concerns. Mahayana Buddhism In the north, Mahayana Buddhism incorporated a deity...
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  • Caodaism

    Caodaism

    Cao Dai is a 'home-grown' religion based in the South of Vietnam. Its centre of operations is the Cao Dai Holy See, in Tay Ninh, about 100km from Ho Chi Minh City. It is a large complex containing a school, an agricultural co-operative, a hospital and other functional buildings, all dominated by a large and highly ornate temple. The founder of Caodaism The sect was founded by Ngo Van Chieu, a minor civil servant from Phu Quoc Island, who experienced a series of visions revealing the...
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  • Christianity

    Christianity

    Christianity enters Vietnam Christianity was introduced to Vietnam in the 16th century by missionaries from Europe’s main Catholic evangelist countries, France, Spain and Portugal. One of the early arrivals was Alexandre de Rhodes, a French Jesuit who greatly impressed the Trinh lords who ruled the north at that time, thus easing the way for permanent missions in Hanoi, Danang and Hoi An. Expulsion from Vietnam As the creator of the Romanised written form of the Vietnamese language,...
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  • Confucianism

    Confucianism

    Confucianism’s originator, K’ung Fu Tzu (Latinised to Confucius), was an official in the Chinese court. During his lifetime (around 500 BC), China had broken into rival states fighting for supremacy. Confucius, comparing the turmoil of the life of the people with the formalised rituals of the court, set about creating a code to regulate social conduct, thereby enabling people to live in peace and harmony. He left the court and travelled the country, explaining his ideas. The...
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  • Others religion

    Others religion

    Hinduism Funan and Oc Eo Much of the early history of the southern part of Vietnam is closely associated with India. During the first century AD, Indian merchants voyaging to China established Hindu outposts en route, one of which was on the southern coast of Vietnam, near the present-day town of Rach Gia. Then known as Funan, it grew into a city state based upon the port of Oc Eo. The History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City has a good collection of artefacts and relicts from the site. By the...
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  • Shamanism

    Shamanism

    The shaman A shaman is an intermediary between humankind and the spirit world, occupying a role similar to that of a priest: a religious specialist, possessing the ability to communicate with spirits, to appeal to them to dispel evil, to explain turns of fate, and to transmit the instructions of spirits. He or she usually has healing and magical powers, and can influence the spirits to bring about good and evil. The practice of shamanism There are several elements of shamanism in Taoism....
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  • Taoism

    Taoism

    The glue that binds the elements of the 'tam giao' - the triple religion Taoism is believed to have originated in China with a man named Lao Tzu at around 500 B.C. The legend says that Lao Tzu was so "saddened by his people's disinclination to cultivate the natural goodness he advocated" that he decided to abandon civilization. Before leaving, he wrote a brief work called Tao Te Ching, (The Classic of the Way and its Power) describing the meaning of the Tao (the way, or path)...
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