Rasselas

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Wordsworth Editions, Dec 5, 1999 - Fiction - 128 pages
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The beliefs and practices surrounding the meanings and symbols of the spirit world in Vietnam are explored in detail in this study on popular religion in the country. The author shows an abiding interest in the subconscious life at a grassroots level, alongside rational formations of cosmological understanding which effect politics and economics on a national scale. By bringing together oral histories, reports and fiction writing alongside more conventional documented sources, this book reveals an area of history which has been largely neglected.
  

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Contents

Description of a palace in a valley
3
The discontent ofRasselas in the happy valley
5
The wants of him that wants nothing
7
The prince continues to grieve and muse
8
The prince meditates his escape
11
A dissertation on the art of fly ing
12
The prince finds a man of learning
14
The history oflmlac
16
The prince associates with young men of spirit and gaiety 3 5
35
The prince finds a wise and happy man
36
A glimpse of pastoral life
38
The danger of prosperity
39
The hermits history
40
The happiness of a life led according to nature
42
The prince examines the happiness of high stations
45
The debate on marriage continued
53

The history of Imlac continued
18
A dissertation upon poetry
20
A hint on pilgrimage 2 2
22
The story of Imlac continued
25
Rasselas discovers the means of escape 2 8
28
Rasselas and Imlac receive an unexpected visit
29
The prince and princess leave the valley and see many wonders
31
They enter Cairo and find every man happy
32
They return to Cairo without Pekuah
61
The princess hears news of Pekuah
67
The history of a man of learning
75
They discourse with an old man
81
The prince enters and brings a new topic
87
NOTES
95
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