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Sun March 08, 2015 By: Shagun Rastogi

what does syncretic mean? how were these syncretic traditions followec by vietnam....???

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Soumil Shukla
Mon March 09, 2015
Syncretism involves a seamless amalgamation of beliefs, rituals and other practices from a variety of disciplines, religious or otherwise. Syncretism concentrates on the essential unity of human belief systems, rather than their differences. The Vietnamese followed a wide variety of syncretic religious systems that drew from Buddhism and certain local beliefs. These popular religions were spread in the Vietnamese heartland by people who claimed to have had a vision of God. While some of these religious systems supported French colonial rule, others espoused and inspired the cause of Vietnamese nationalism.
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