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Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam

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Hello Friends & Fellow Photographers,

I am very pleased to announce the publication of the one-of-a-kind 170 pages Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam photo book.

Hầu Đồng is one of the main rituals of Đạo Mẫu, the indigenous worship of mother goddesses in Vietnam. During these rituals, the mediums go into trances so their bodies can receive the spirits of various deities. The journey of the spirits into the bodies of the mediums is an incarnation, and the process involves the spirits briefly hovering then moving into the mediums. The mediums change their costumes to indicate which deity has entered their body.

I've been working on this book over the past two years, during which I traveled to Hŗ Nội no less than six times to attend and photograph various ceremonies, conduct interviews and research the tradition and its impact on Vietnamese society. I am the only non-Vietnamese photographer to have photographed Hầu Đồng ceremonies in such depth.

Armed with tenacity, and making trusted relationships along with good fortune, I documented the maelstrom of trances, possession, spirit worship, fortune telling and clairvoyance, fashion and pageantry, sacred music and hymns, faith, belief, superstition, the supernatural, nationalism and history that constitute Vietnamís Đạo Mẫu and its ritual; Hầu Đồng. To the best of my knowledge, there are no other photo book on these ceremonies.

To purchase your copy of Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam , you only need to click on my Blurb Bookstore and choose the format you prefer; either the hard cover or soft cover format. Both are identical (save the cover) with 170 pages, of which over 100 are large photographs, and include explanatory text as to this unique Vietnamese religious tradition.

Thank you for your support.

Tewfic El-Sawy

Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam

Tewfic El-Sawy