Mountain God vs Water God

There is an ancient tale--more like a myth really--that has to do with two non-human entities called Sơn Tinh (the mountain god) and Thủy Tinh (the water god). My family told me of this tale (and other) myths and legends when I was a kid, so I knew the gist of this story which was quite... Continue Reading →

Easter Egg and Mr. Tangata Manu

(continued from Te-Pito-o-Te-Henua) Have you heard about the myth of the Bird Man aka Tangata Manu?  It is quite a strange tale, and being the Taobabe that I am, any time I hear about some strange myth that existed in the far distant past, which continues to reverberate to this day, I am intensely curious... Continue Reading →

Dragon Bloodline

Dragons. They are not, and have never been, simple characters in children's books.  They were keepers and teachers of ancient secrets, rulers and caretakers of vast stretches of Earth land, and they came from a distant land beyond the visible star-dome of the night sky.  Their presence is felt far and wide in graven images and statues... Continue Reading →

I Ching: Made in Vietnam (Part 4)

The weather has certainly been frigid here for the last few days.  It is to be expected.  We're only one week into the first week of January.  I am sitting here drinking hot tea to stay warm and wishing spring would get here already.  It's too damn cold! Spring brings with her not just gorgeous... Continue Reading →

Âu Cơ (嫗姬) Royal Mother

In my previous post, I touched briefly on the story of Âu Cơ  and Lạc Long Quân, which I told in the style  with which it was presented to me as a child, namely that of a mythical fairy tale that did not have a basis on reality.  I certainly never believed that it could exist.  I just... Continue Reading →

I Ching: Made in Vietnam (Part 1)

The I Ching originated in Vietnam?  WOOOWWW!!! Talk about shattering the age-old glass of firmly entrenched and ancient ideology, this one takes the cake!  Does this claim have even a leg to stand on?  Is there any definitive proof?  But more importantly, do we even care any more, at this late date, what with knowledge... Continue Reading →

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