Week 13: A small collection of ghosts and malevolent spirits

This week on #VNmyth, instead of going through just one single myth or mythical creature, we’ll go over multiple ghost and malevolent spirits with similar pattern. I. Ma thần vòng “Thần” is the common word for “god(s)” but can also be understood as “the mind” (as in “tinh thần”). Since this is a relatively newContinue reading “Week 13: A small collection of ghosts and malevolent spirits”

Week 10: Curse of the Oil Sellers

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”

Week 9: Mirrors in Vietnamese culture

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”

Week 4.5: Đối (對) – An essential art in Chinese and Vietnamese culture

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”

Week 2.5: Differences in naming between Western and Asian Cultures.

Cultural context explain: naming So… my book finally have paper back :)) Therefore, I want to celebrate this with a mini post in the #VNmyth series, but I’ll focus on explaining the cultural context this time. This week post about the dragon will not be affected and will be uploaded tomorrow. Unlike the west, ChineseContinue reading “Week 2.5: Differences in naming between Western and Asian Cultures.”