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Gods, Heroes, and Ancestors: An Interreligious Encounter in Eighteenth-Century Vietnam


Though a minority religion in Vietnam, Christianity has constituted a significant presence in the country since its arrival in the sixteenth century. This translation and analytical study of a 1752 document entitled Tam Giáo Chư Vọng [Errors of the Three Religions] adds to the knowledge of its early history within its cultural and religious contexts. This anonymous manuscript paints a rich picture of the three traditional Vietnamese religions (Tam Giáo), i.e., Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism. Aiming at the new converts, the writer describes the “errors” (Chư Vọng) of these traditional belie ... More

Keywords: Christian History, Vietnamese Religion, Christian encounter, Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677602
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677602.001.0001