This week on #VNmyth, we take a break from the usual folklore and fairytale, to dive into the more urban legends type of myth with the Vietnamese versions of the Bogeyman I. The lore: Every Vietnamese grows up scared shitless of three Bogeyman figures. Whenever a child misbehaves or even takes too long to finishContinue reading “Week 12: Ba bị, mẹ mìn, and ngáo ộp – Vietnamese trinity of child kidnapping Bogeymen”
This week on #VNmyth will cover thần Kim Quy (lit: Golden Turtle God), a significant deity in Vietnamese mythos that still has shrines dedicated to him across the country. I. His roles and missions In most cases, he appeared as a messenger god (or more like aid and secretary) who carry out the will ofContinue reading “Week 11: Kim Quy – the Golden Turtle God”
This week on #VNmyth: The narrowing of Tô Lịch river or the curse of Lallo… Mr. And Mrs. Dầu. I. The story: During the Lý’s dynasty, there was a massive landslide on the ancient rivers of Tô Lịch, Nhị Hà. Some folktales attributed this accident to Cao Biền, or Gao Pian in Mandarin, an officialContinue reading “Week 10: Curse of the Oil Sellers”
I. First story: Once, there was a family with two sons, who both got married. The first daughter-in-law was jealous that the little brother’s wife was way more beautiful than she did. One night, she decided to stalk her sister to find out the truth about her beauty. During the Hour of the Ox (1-3Continue reading “Week 9: Mirrors in Vietnamese culture”
This week on #VNmyth, the story of one of the times when Vietnamese rebelled against Heaven, and won. Disclaimer: I drew this comparison because technically, the last arc of this story is a flood story. It neither was an attack on anyone’s religion nor contained any religious motives. I. The story Cường Bạo was aContinue reading “Week 8: Cường Bạo đại vương – if Noah were to rebel”
This week on #VNmyth, we’ll go over one of a more well-known folklore (compared to other folklore; generally speaking, no Vietnamese myth is well-known) that highlight how Vietnamese culture doesn’t just borrow from other cultures, we make our own. I. The story: In the old days, at the beginning of time, the land belonged toContinue reading “Week 7: Legend of the Tết’s pole, or a story of the war against Demons”
This week on #VNmyth – Liễu Hạnh. She is the Daughter of Heaven (yes, I mean literally), ruler over the sky realm and one of the four Vietnamese Immortals: Heavenly Mother (mẫu thượng thiên) Liễu Hạnh. I. Cosmology: To understand her story, one first needs some info on the cosmology in the Religion of MothersContinue reading “Week 6: Princess Liễu Hạnh – Mother Heaven”
Well, the last post in the #VNmyth series wasn’t really a myth, so I’ll do a quick post to make up for it. The Ma Cà Rồng appeared officially for the first time in a book named “Kiến Văn Tiểu Lục” by a famous scholar – Lê Quý Đôn. Written in the 18th century, itContinue reading “Week 5: Ma cà rồng – Vietnamese “vampire” and the problem with Dunning Kruger Effect”
This week on #VNmyth: Đối (對) (lit: parallel, verse or opposite), also known as Antithetical couplet, or simply, couplet – an essential aspect of East Asian (more specifically Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) culture that has rarely seen the light in English fiction. Now, I know this is not a myth, but I’ll put itContinue reading “Week 4.5: Đối (對) – An essential art in Chinese and Vietnamese culture”
This week on #VNmyth, let’s talk about Diêm vương (Sino-Vietnamese for Yan Wang – “king of hell.” A.K.A. Yanluo). So… Vietnamese King of Hell. Can you guess where he appears the most? No. Not fairytales. Not scary stories. Not even folk poems and songs. Believe it or not, the supposedly Vietnamese King of the deathContinue reading “Week 4: Diêm Vương (Yan Wang, Yanluo, Yama King) – The King of Hell.”
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