This thesis investigates the Hoa Hao Buddhist charitable movement in the Mekong delta of Vietnam. The Hoa Hao Buddhist sect is heir to a syncretic millenarian tradition originating in the mid nineteenth century Mekong delta. Hoa Hao followers undertake charity in keeping with a prophetic injunction to repay existential debts, be meritorious, and thus save their world from the apocalypse. As a seemingly parochial religious movement with a history of conflict with various outgroups, it could be...[Show more]
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