Week 15: Hồ ly tinh – the fox spirit/demon

This week on #VNmyth, we’ll go over Vietnamese Hồ ly tinh (and some of its counter parts in other parts of Asia like Chinese Hu li Jing, Japanese Kitsune, Korean Gumiho). I. Differentiate the entities: Etymology: Vietnamese hồ li tinh is a direct translation of the word Hu Li Jing in Chinese, both means “demonContinue reading “Week 15: Hồ ly tinh – the fox spirit/demon”

Week 14: Thần trùng – a vicious demon that torture the dead

This week on #VNmyth, a demon responsible for chained death in a family. I. Description Thần trùng (“thần” being “god,” “trùng” being “repeated,” “repetitive,” “happening again”), also known as “quỷ trùng tang” (with “quỷ” meaning “demons,” and “tang” meaning “funerals”) is a feared demon throughout Vietnam, notorious for creating chained funerals of whole families. Appearances-wise,Continue reading “Week 14: Thần trùng – a vicious demon that torture the dead”

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 12: Ba bị, mẹ mìn, and ngáo ộp – Vietnamese trinity of child kidnapping Bogeymen

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”

Week 8: Cường Bạo đại vương – if Noah were to rebel

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”

Week 7: Legend of the Tết’s pole, or a story of the war against Demons

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”

Week 5: Ma cà rồng – Vietnamese “vampire” and the problem with Dunning Kruger Effect

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”

Week 3: Thuồng Luồng – a serpent/dragon-like mythical creature.

This week on #VNmyth: Thuồng luồng – Vietnamese dragon like serpent I. Different description Some say it’s a giant soft-shell turtle that use to live in the northern region. Others argue that it’s actually crocodiles that migrate downstream from the Yangzi River. Well, I’ll personally stick to the folktale’s description: a snake-like creature with scalesContinue reading “Week 3: Thuồng Luồng – a serpent/dragon-like mythical creature.”

Week 2: Linh Miêu – Necromancer Cat

This week on #VNmyth: Linh Miêu – A cat that can bring back the dead. Note to self: cats always win, don’t put them in future polls, just write about them whenever you want. Anyway, let’s begin with the cat that I promised to cover. I. How they were born: Surprised!! They are born outContinue reading “Week 2: Linh Miêu – Necromancer Cat”