Author Schweyer, Anne-Valerie
Article Title Potent Places in Central Vietnam: ‘Everything that Comes Out of the Earth is Cham’
full text https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2017.1370478
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Source The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology. vol. 18, no. 5 (Nov. 2017), p. 400-420
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Journal Title The Asia Pacific journal of anthropology.
Copy vol. 18, no. 5 (Nov. 2017), p. 400-420
ISSN 1444-2213
Brief substance Set apart from the so-called ‘Hinduisation’ process, the Cham country is characterised by the presence of many sites or shrines dedicated to local deities. This paper—based on the analysis of archaeological and anthropological evidence—aims to identify these cults, to clarify the associated practices and to demonstrate how the local cults map out the entire local geography. Moreover, in central Vietnam, it is possible to precisely examine ‘potent places’ in order to achieve a better understanding of the local cults and the persistence of those cults from antiquity to the present. In ancient times, each local deity was connected to a political power, which ‘exhaled’ it and, at the same time, put a mark on the territory. The diversity of potent places allows a better understanding of puzzling territories. The continuity of ritual practices performed at Cham potent places, centuries after the disappearance of any form of Cham political power, shows the link between the first occupants of the land and the following Viet inhabitants
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full text https://doi.org/10.1080/14442213.2017.1370478

 
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