The Immaculate Conception : A Case Study of Vietnamese Folktale “So Dua” and Thai Folktale “Thao Tao”

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Truong Thi Hang


The research article explores the Immaculate Conception concept in both western and eastern mythologies. The article also considers the parallels between the Immaculate Conception motif in the Vietnamese folktale So Dua and the Thai folktale Thao Tao. The research reveals that the Immaculate Conception motif can be derived from not just mothers but also fathers and the natural environment, including such disparate elements as bonfires, lotus flowers and even rocks. In all cases where an Immaculate Conception has occurred, the male offspring is imbued with a renascent spirit, a higher spiritual quality, than is typically conferred on ordinary humanbeings. As such, the protagonists in such tales as So Dua and Thao Tao live in a state of summum bonum from which the very principle of goodness and all moral values are derived.


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Thi Hang, T. . (2019). The Immaculate Conception : A Case Study of Vietnamese Folktale “So Dua” and Thai Folktale “Thao Tao”. Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Suratthani Rajabhat University, 11(1), 138–164. Retrieved from
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