Repaying the Debts, Remaking the World: Hoa Hao Buddhist Charity as Vernacular Development in Vietnam's Mekong Delta
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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