Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

Spirits without Borders

Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a Transnational Age

Authors: Fjelstad, K., Hien, N.

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Spirits without Borders is an ethnographic study of the transnational and multicultural expansion of Vietnam's Mother Goddess Religion and its spirit possession ritual. The work explores how and why the ritual spread from Vietnam to the US and back again and the impact of ritual transnationalism in both countries.

About the authors

Author Karen Fjelstad: Karen Fjelstad is Lecturer at San Jose State University, USA Author Nguyen Thi Hien: Nguyen Thi Hien is Head of Department of Cultural Heritage Studies and Executive Director of Visual Anthropology at Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, 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; and editor of Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language, and Action

"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


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Border Crossings: Setting the Theoretical Stage

    Pages 1-16

    Fjelstad, Karen (et al.)

  • Spirited Research: Studying Lên Ðồng in Vietnam and California

    Pages 17-38

    Fjelstad, Karen (et al.)

  • Ðạo Mẫu Spirits, Temples, and Rituals

    Pages 39-75

    Fjelstad, Karen (et al.)

  • Spiritual Callings: Becoming a Medium in the Contemporary World

    Pages 77-98

    Fjelstad, Karen (et al.)

  • “Lên Ðồnging” in Silicon Valley

    Pages 99-136

    Fjelstad, Karen (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spirits without Borders
Book Subtitle
Vietnamese Spirit Mediums in a Transnational Age
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Karen Fjelstad and Nguy?n Th? Hi?n
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11970-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230119703
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11493-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-29918-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 219
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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