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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Shaman performing exorcist on Bac Lieu Chief of Police--Vinh Chau









The shaman performing an exorcism on the Chief of Police of Bac Lieu Province. "Fuck your mother!" he kept saying to the evil spirit/police chief. The distressed man was sitting on a chair of nails.



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3 comments:

destroytheuniverse said...

better care than he'd ever get from a usausa health care professional

Remonster said...

Is he accepting new patients?

These photos are magnificent. Your journeys continue to delight me. Thank you Linh.

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Remonster,

Thanks, man. He only sees people who are brought to him by someone he knows, and he charges nothing. People brings gifts. He lives very simply, as you can see from the photos. The drying frogs are his.

As we were drinking tea, he shouted, "Old woman! Old woman!" meaning his wife, but Vietnamese generally don't do that.

"If you do that, she can call you her son!" a guest joked.


Linh

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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.