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The Divine Eye and the DiasporaVietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism$
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Janet Alison Hoskins

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824840044

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824840044.001.0001

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Conversations with Divinities

Conversations with Divinities

Séance and the First disciples

(p.29) Chapter 1 Conversations with Divinities
The Divine Eye and the Diaspora

Janet Alison Hoskins

University of Hawai'i Press

The first chapter begins with Ngô Văn Chiêu (1876–1932), in some respects the “invisible” founder, since he is depicted only on the altar of the relatively few temples that practice a particularly select and demanding form of ascetic meditation. He is often described as the first disciple of the esoteric tradition (Phần Vô Vi), which emphasizes the immaterial rather than the material, and is portable and personal. Bùi Văn Khâm, practicing as an individual spiritual seeker or “yogi,” carries on the legacy of Ngô Văn Chiêu, but also draws on his exposure to a much wider array of New Age options in California. The chapter opens with a description of a spirit séance I attended at his home near Los Angeles.

Keywords:   spiritism, meditation, séances, estoricism, New Age

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