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 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 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 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 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”