Embodying the Nation: Mediumship, Ritual, and the National Imagination

  title={Embodying the Nation: Mediumship, Ritual, and the National Imagination},
  author={O. Salemink},
  journal={Journal of Vietnamese Studies},
  • O. Salemink
  • Published 2008
  • Art, Sociology
  • Journal of Vietnamese Studies
Among lowlander Vietnamese, spirit possession is a growing phenomenon that reserves a prominent ritual place for deities and practices that refer to ethnic groups imagined to have preceded the Việt in their habitats, or to be living in remote places. In this way, ethnic boundaries are simultaneously constructed and transgressed in ways that both spatialize and temporalize cultural difference in embodied ritual practice and the national imagination. The ritual ways in which the boundaries of the… Expand
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