The concept of “religion” in Vietnam has long been linked directly with the discourse of state influence. This essay presents place-making practices at the Hùng Temple, exploring the manner in which certain apparatuses of the contemporary state exert control over the temple for the purpose of promoting a sense of nationalism. Drawing on chronological data from 1945 onward, this essay argues that the meaning of the Hùng Temple site has shifted from being known as a historical site of national origins to a spiritual power affecting the nation and people’s lives in contemporary Vietnam.
Temple on the Rise: Place Making and the State-Led Production of Nationalism in Contemporary Vietnam
Ngô Thị Diễm Hằng is a lecturer at Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam. This article is a part of the findings in the author’s doctoral research from 2011 to 2016, investigating the construction of place, religion, and nation in contemporary Vietnam.
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Ngô Thị Diễm Hằng; Temple on the Rise: Place Making and the State-Led Production of Nationalism in Contemporary Vietnam. Journal of Vietnamese Studies 1 February 2020; 15 (1): 6–48. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/vs.2020.15.1.6
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