Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country where ancient Native religion controls the country's religious demographics. Approximately 45% of the country's people follow ethnic religious beliefs and their religion is called folk religion.
The Vietnamese incorporate worship of Gods, some of whom are imaginary characters and some of whom are real people, who have passed away and left an important legacy, with prayers they send to their private ancestral spirits. Every family has an altar in the house to carry out the tradition of worshiping their fathers.
Most Vietnamese believe in the existence of things that men cannot control like fate, time and life after death. To contain all the unknown, they say that as long as you believe there will be holiness around you, and as long as you stay away from things that are taboo, bad luck will stay away from you.
There are many rituals and prayers associated with these beliefs. Many children in the markets can be seen burning fake bills to offer them to their ancestors knowing that they will have great value in the afterlife. Also, many people light lotus candle lanterns, especially on a full moon night, to guide the spirits of their ancestors coming from the afterlife. These flashlights float on the rivers in quantities and when their light goes out it is a sign that their ancestors' souls have found their way back.
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