By Olga Dror

Princess Lieu Hanh, referred to as the mum of the Vietnamese humans by way of her fans, is likely one of the so much widespread goddesses in Vietnamese renowned faith. First rising a few 4 centuries in the past as a neighborhood sect attractive to girls, the princess' cult has given that transcended its geographical and gender barriers and continues to be vivid at the present time. Who used to be this respected deity? was once she a virtuous lady or a prostitute? Why did humans commence worshiping her and why have they persisted? "Cult, tradition, and Authority" lines Lieu Hanh's cult from its ostensible visual appeal within the 16th century to its present-day prominence in North Vietnam and considers it from a large diversity of views, as faith and literature and within the context of politics and society. through the years, Lieu Hanh's character and cult grew to become the topic of various literary bills, and those historic texts are a massive resource for this ebook. writer Olga Dror explores the authorship and historic context of every textual content thought of, treating her topic in an interdisciplinary means. Her curiosity lies in how those debts replicate a number of the political agendas of successive generations of intellectuals and officers. a similar cult was once referred to as into carrier for quite a few ideological ends: feminism, nationalism, Buddhism, or Daoism.

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