The Habit of Burning Votive Paper (Offerings) of the Northern Vietnamese


Dang Thi Kieu Oanh
Ho Chi Minh City University of Culture, 51 Quoc Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.


Based on the analysis of written sources and results of field investigations, this article will take the custom of burning votive paper in northern Vietnam as an example to decode the motivation, origin, formation, and development of the custom of burning paper and its relationship with the economic, social, and cultural dynamics and national policies. Key words: votive paper; the custom of burning votive paper; Vietnamese; Northern Vietnam.