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The Cao Đài Deathscape: Reimagining Death, Funerals, and Salvation in Contemporary Vietnam

by 1,*,† and 2,†
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Centre for Advanced Research (CARe), University of Brunei Darussalam, Gadong BE1410, Brunei
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Centre for Cultural Anthropology (CANTHEL), Paris Descartes University, 75005 Paris, France
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Both authors contributed equally to this work.
Religions 2020, 11(6), 280; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060280
Received: 23 April 2020 / Revised: 29 May 2020 / Accepted: 2 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Funerary Traditions of East Asian New Religious Movements)
This article sheds light on the sophisticated funeral process set up by the Cao Đài religion (or Caodaism), combining both a theological and an ethnographical analysis. After introducing how Cao Đài theology represents both the body and the spiritual components of each individual in the specific millenarian conception of existence that characterizes Cao Đài, we trace the ritual process of funerals from the altar and coffin preparation to the collection of prayers and talismanic rituals conveyed to save souls in a Cao Đài manner. Read together, these sources present a genuine project and spirit of reform in the ideas, imaginaries, and practices related to death in Vietnam from the 1920s onwards, crystallizing a specific Cao Đài identity in Vietnamese and also East Asian redemptive societies’ deathscapes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cao Đài (Caodaism); death; funeral; salvation; new religious movement; Vietnam Cao Đài (Caodaism); death; funeral; salvation; new religious movement; Vietnam
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Jammes, J.; Shuai, S.Z. The Cao Đài Deathscape: Reimagining Death, Funerals, and Salvation in Contemporary Vietnam. Religions 2020, 11, 280. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060280

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