Photo Talk “Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Viet Nam” by Tewfic...

Photo Talk “Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Viet Nam” by Tewfic El-Sawy

© 2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
© 2016 Tewfic El-Sawy

05, 11 and 12 Nov 2016
Chula Fashion House & Manzi Art Space

From the organizer:

Travel photographer Tewfic El-Sawy will fly all the way from New York City to Hanoi in November to introduce his latest photo book about the Vietnamese religion of Đạo Mẫu and its ritual, Hầu Đồng.

As the first and only non-Vietnamese to publish a photo book about the tradition by far, Tewfic would like to invite Hanoians and Hanoi’s expats to attend three photo talks, during which he will introduce his book “Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Viet Nam” and give insights into the indigenous and ancient tradition/culture aspect of Vietnam.

His large, coffee-table format photo book features over 100 large color photographs and more than 60 pages of text, which explains the ancient religion of Đạo Mẫu, its rituals, its pantheon of deities, along with a narrative of his own experiences documenting it in Vietnam over almost two years.

©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
© 2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
©2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
© 2016 Tewfic El-Sawy

Members of the Hau Dong community in Hanoi will attend the talks.

Tewfic first attended a Hầu Đồng ceremony in the northwest township of Sa Pa in September, 2014, after which he decided to study the ritual, its history and practitioners.

New York-based travel photographer Tewfic El-Sawy. © 2016 Tewfic El-Sawy
New York-based travel photographer Tewfic El-Sawy. © 2016 Tewfic El-Sawy

He discovered, after thorough research, that no non-Vietnamese photographer had ever completed a comprehensive documentary or photo essay on the ceremony. As quoted in the Việt Nam News, Tewfic “took it as a sign” that he had to be the first to publish a book about the tradition.

He has documented the maelstrom of trances, possession, spirit worship, fortune telling and clairvoyance, fashion and pageantry, sacred music and hymns, faith, belief, superstition, the supernatural, nationalism and history that constitute Vietnam’s Đạo Mẫu and its ritual; Hầu Đồng.

Click here to view some of the photos that he has taken of the tradition.

Talks Schedule:

November 5, 2016 From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Chula Fashion House, 43 Nhật Chiêu, Hanoi, Vietnam

November 11, 2016 From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chula Fashion House, 24 Lý Quốc Sư, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

November 12, 2016 From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Manzi, 14 Phan Huy Ích, Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam.

Language: English with Vietnamese interpretation

Expected number of attendants: 50 – 60

Free entrance


  1. Sách có được bán ở việt nam không bạn và có thì sẽ bán ở đâu vậy bạn. Thanks !

  2. Thank you for your comment. You can buy it from Blurb, Amazon or to download as an ebook (PDF) .

    The book is available for sale through:

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