Understanding the Interplay of Lies, Violence, and Religious Values in Folktales

6 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2019

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Quan Hoang Vuong

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management; Phenikaa University

Viet-Phuong La

Vuong & Associates

Hong Kong Nguyen

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Students; Toan Viet Info Service

Date Written: June 7, 2019

Abstract

This research employs the Bayesian network modeling approach, and the Markov chain Monte Carlo technique, to learn about the role of lies and violence in teachings of major religions, using a unique dataset extracted from long-standing Vietnamese folktales. The results indicate that, although lying and violent acts augur negative consequences for those who commit them, their associations with core religious values diverge in the outcome for the folktale characters. Lying that serves a religious mission of either Confucianism or Taoism (but not Buddhism) brings a positive outcome to a character. A violent act committed to serving Buddhist mission results in a happy ending for the committer.

Suggested Citation

Vuong, Quan Hoang and La, Viet-Phuong and Nguyen, Hong Kong, Understanding the Interplay of Lies, Violence, and Religious Values in Folktales (June 7, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3461844 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3461844

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