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How the Vietnamese See the World

Neil L. Jamieson

in Understanding Vietnam

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780520201576
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520201576.003.0001
How the Vietnamese See the World

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This chapter examines how the Vietnamese people see the world. Throughout the twentieth century, the Vietnamese have been in upheaval, wracked by conflicting images of the past, the present, and the future. The chapter explains that the traditional Vietnamese worldview constituted an all-encompassing cosmological scheme based on yin and yang, conceived as two primordial forces from which everything else in the universe was created. Much of traditional Vietnamese culture, social organization, and behaviour also expressed the balanced opposition between yin and yang.

Keywords: Vietnamese people; worldview; cosmological scheme; yin and yang; culture; social organization; behavior

Chapter.  15701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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