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 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 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 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”