—This paper investigates the worship of village
guardian deities in the lives of the villagers of Village Quan
Nhân which is located in an urban area in contemporary
Vietnam. In recent years, especially since the launch of the Đổi
mới, Renovation, in 1986, Vietnam has experienced a
revitalisation of popular religion in general and village rituals
and festivals in particular after a period of suspension due to
different reasons. The worship has also benefited from the
reform of the cultural and religious policies of the Party-State of
Vietnam in building Vietnamese culture. The paper also
attempts to argue that the worship of village guardian deities of
Village Quan Nhân has revived as the continuing of a tradition.
The potent symbol of the guardian deities, to a certain extent,
meets villagers’ spiritual and recreational needs in once
promising favourable weather for ample crops and now dealing
with social insecurity and market uncertainty. The revival of
the worship reflects how modernity accommodates tradition in
contemporary Vietnam as festivals strengthen community spirit
—Festival, ritual, tradition, village.
Hung Gia Nguyen is with the University of Wollongong, Australia
Cite: Hung Gia Nguyen, " The Worship of Guardian Deities of Village Quan Nhân:
The Reinvention of a Tradition," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 63-68, 2015.