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— by Nhung Nguyen: In narrow HCMC alleys, opposites have been converging for generations in the worship of the Ladies of the Five Elements.
It was an improbable, if not unbelievable sight.
Those who might have thought this was some kind of circus act would have been thoroughly mistaken.
It was 7 p.m. in the evening and the holy dance was at its peak.
Wearing a Vietnamese tunic, a woman swayed to upbeat music and singing by her accompanists. A big black motorbike was balanced on her head. Surrounding her was an awed crowd, cheering the feat with reverence. Once in a while, one of them gently stepped into the ring and carefully tucked bills of Vietnamese dong on the motorbike…
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April 24, 2019