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The Divine Eye and the Diaspora: Vietnamese Syncretism Becomes Transpacific Caodaism

Janet Alison Hoskins


Caodaism, Vietnam’s third largest religion with four million followers, is now a major world religion. Colorful and strikingly eclectic, it incorporates Chinese, Buddhist and Western traditions along with more recent world figures like Victor Hugo, Jeanne d’Arc, Lenin and (in the USA) the Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Sometimes described as “outrageously syncretistic”, its combination of different elements has been seen as an excessive, even trangressive combination of the traditions of Asia and the West. Caodaism emerged in the 1920s during the struggle against colonialism in French Indochina. ... More

Keywords: Vietnamese religion, diaspora, postcolonial studies, spiritism, syncretism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824840044
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824840044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Alison Hoskins, author
University of Southern California, Los Angeles