Building Noah’s Ark for Migrants, Refugees, and Religious by Jin-Heon Jung, Alexander Horstmann

By Jin-Heon Jung, Alexander Horstmann

Development Noah's Ark for Migrants, Refugees, and spiritual groups examines faith in the framework of refugee stories as a public stable, with the non secular and fabric use of faith laying off new gentle at the organisation of refugees in reconstructing their lives and positioning themselves in opposed environments.  

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International conferences validated the status of this spirit possession practice as a legitimate expression of “the original matriarchal W H AT I S A R E F U G E E R E L I G I O N? 31 Vietnamese culture,” and so of time of egalitarian origins sacred to Marxist evolutionary theory. Diasporic religion is not an atavistic “survival” but a form that needs to be enacted by living and embattled communities to fill their own needs in new locations. The selective reproduction and transformation of Vietnamese cultural dispositions in California communities allows old gods and goddesses to come to serve new purposes.

Traveling between the human and spirit worlds is seen as a vocation that has particular appeal for young men who also find themselves somewhere between the world of women and that of men. Most of the participants in possession ceremonies, however, are older women, mothers and grandmothers, who enjoy the gossip and convivial meals before each ceremony. Many of them were initiated as mediums in war-torn Vietnam, and some say that protection from the princess in white who rows across a sea of sorrows was what allowed them to survive perilous boat escapes.

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