Legends of Vietnam - by Nghia M Vo (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: .85 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 276
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Folklore & Mythology
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Format: Paperback
Author: Nghia M Vo
Language: English
Street Date: May 30, 2012
TCIN: 87370457
UPC: 9780786468461
Item Number (DPCI): 247-05-6927
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

"The field of legends has long been neglected by serious intellectual minds who have considered it to belong to the realm of children's literature. Legends, however, are a mirror of the culture that creates them, a revealing lens through which to observe society, religion, history, and traditions. This volume explores Vietnamese legends from 1321 to today"--Provided by publisher.

Book Synopsis

Legends are a mirror of the culture that creates them, a revealing lens through which to observe society, religion, history, and traditions. This volume explores Vietnamese legends from 1321 to today--tales of gods, spirits, ghosts, giants, extraordinary individuals, heroes, common people, and animals. It explains the mores, thought processes, and religions that formed the genesis of Vietnamese legends, traces the development of legends through time and space, and highlights the historical and social differences between northern and southern legends. Over time, this work shows, Vietnamese legends have evolved from a 14th century means of government propaganda to become a form of news, entertainment, and thought for the masses.

Review Quotes

"Vo presents and analyzes legends of the Vietnamese cosmos, northern legends, and southern legends. The time scale of the legends stretches from the prehistoric to after the war with the U.S."--Reference & Research Book News; "In Legends of Vietnam, Nghia M. Vo offers more than just the retelling of Vietnamese tales and oral history. He provides a detailed account of the origins and evolution of Vietnam's traditions and culture through the stories of its past. The value of the book is more than the legends themselves though his selections, which covers everything from Ghosts, Heroes, Martyrs, and Gods, are well thought out and insightful. Legends of Vietnam offers understanding into Vietnamese culture and history and helps to explain the differences between North, Central, and South. It not only provides an excellent sampling of the most significant of the Vietnamese tales but also makes clear why the Republic of Vietnam struggled for its independence against the Communist-led Democratic Republic of Vietnam"--Ronald B. Frankum, Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

About the Author

Nghia M. Vo, a Vietnamese-American, has written multiple books on Vietnamese culture. He helped found the nonprofit Saigon Arts, Culture & Education Institute and works to document Vietnamese-American culture through conferences, publications and a website.
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