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 11: Kim Quy – the Golden Turtle God

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”

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 6: Princess Liễu Hạnh – Mother Heaven

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”

Week 4: Diêm Vương (Yan Wang, Yanluo, Yama King) – The King of Hell.

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.”

Week 1: The Duke and The Water God

Have you ever watched the Grudge or Ju-On and wondered: if Kayako killed me, wouldn’t I turn into a ghost myself? And then what stopping me from coming back for a fair fight? Well, I’ve got your question covered, as the Vietnamese indeed had a folktale using this very motif before it was even consideredContinue reading “Week 1: The Duke and The Water God”