I have already mentioned Cham monuments/temples and the foreign abuse thereof, but there is more to religion than that ancient one.
Several religions have blessed the Vietnamese people with their attention (and exploitation). Today, I offer a selection of photos from various places of worship around the country.
Although a Roman Catholic cathedral takes up space in Saigon, as well as other bits of prime real estate, I did not photograph these relics of French occupation. (And, I will not comment on the role these folks played in the US war in Vietnam!) Most other (less-exploitive) religions seemed to have oozed into the country centuries ago on the backs of immigrants. Many in the west would scoff at the beliefs, but none are more far-fetched than those of the three main “faiths”.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.