Buddhism-Based Exorcism and Spirit-Calling as a Form of Healing for Mental Problems: Stories from Vietnam

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Abstract

With nearly 80% of Vietnamese people holding Buddhist beliefs in some form, Buddhism-based healing is popular in Vietnam. Coupled with cultural stigma against seeking formal mental health services, Vietnamese people with psychological needs frequently seek different forms of healing at Buddhist temples, including exorcism and spirit-calling. In this article, I present case vignettes of exorcism and spirit-calling that I documented during my ethnographic study in Vietnam. Based on these cases, I will discuss the healing impact of spiritual activities like Buddhism-based exorcism and spirit-calling for Vietnamese people and implications for social work in Vietnam and elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Buddhism-based healing
  • exorcism
  • spiritual social work
  • Vietnam

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