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Gods, Heroes, and AncestorsAn Interreligious Encounter in Eighteenth-Century Vietnam$
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Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677602.001.0001

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(p.156) Conclusion
Gods, Heroes, and Ancestors

Anh Q. Tran

Oxford University Press

What has been done is a preliminary attempt to enter into the world of Vietnamese traditional religions through an analysis of a particular Christian text. This study has explored the issues arising from a Christian encounter with Vietnamese culture and religions. What the author claims about the “errors” of the traditional religions of Vietnam reveals more about his view than about the actual beliefs and practices of the adherents of the Three Religions. Despite his limitations, it is possible to test the accuracy of the accounts through a cross-examination of available Chinese and Vietnamese sources. Every recovered bit of information, when used with care, becomes significant in the quest for a more well-rounded understanding of Vietnam’s past.

Keywords:   contextualization, Vietnamese religions, religious identity, interreligious dialogue, Christian apologetics

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