Ritual, feast, and politics in North Vietnam. Between ideology and tradition
The findings of this study are based on fieldwork in 1996 and 1998 in the village of Dai Bai. Endres sets the frame by starting from re-educational efforts of the Marxist Leninist Party to eradicate ´backward´ and ´detrimental´ practices and ideas after the end of the Vietnam War. She documents festival and rituals of the village under the influence of political indoctrination, and following revitalization of folk belief and folk practices. Also, causes for changes in official political policy and discussions on these topics are described, resulting in a restructuring of festival culture.
Keywords: folk belief and politics, socialism and folk culture, indoctrination and folk belief