Friday, May 19, 2006

Communicating with the dead in Vietnam

BBC 2 had a programme on 18 May 2006 about communicating with Vietnam's war dead.

Programme extract

At least 3 million Vietnamese died in the Vietnam War which ended in 1975.

According to the BBC TV programme, some Vietnamese families have been using psychics to get in touch with loved ones missing in action.

One psychic is Nguyen Khac Bay. Many families contact Bay because they believe that he has the ability to communicate with the dead.

"Don't say a thing until I ask you," Bay says, staring at the family sitting opposite.

Suddenly Bay jolts to life.

"OK, got it."

Bay holds up a self-drawn map. It shows a red circle, pinpointing what he claims is the final resting place of the missing relative.

Major-General Nguyen Chu Phac is head of the parapsychology department of the Centre for Research into Human Capabilities

He has travelled the length of the country, testing the claims of hundreds of psychics.

Chu Phac has recruited the country's best psychics for Project TK05, a study of how the living can communicate with the dead.

"The results of this work were assessed by a special committee from the national science council," wrote the New Hanoi newspaper. "The opinion of the committee was unanimous... the results were astounding."

The centre's psychics claimed to have located thousands of those missing in action.

Some families that Bay has helped have done DNA testing independently. The results have shown positive matches.

Vu Thi Minh Nghia is also a psychic.

She believes the dead talk to her and guide her to their remains, so she can take them home

Both Bay and Nghia say they recognised their abilities after having near-death experiences.

Nghia says she is guided by the spirits of soldiers.

Both Nghia and Bay refuse money from people who seek her help.

On the BBC programme, Nghia called the spirit of soldier Vu Cong Trach.

"The information she gave me about my home, about it's layout, the types of tree there, it was just too exact," says Trach's son.

Trach's wife's miscarriage is mentioned by Nghia. This had been a family secret.

The family search for the grave. The directions seem exact. The grave is found.

Psychic Vietnam was broadcast on Thursday, 18 May, 2006 at 2100 BST on BBC Two.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_world/4989480.stm

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Recall the stories of USMilitary in Vietnam who killed entire villages including women and children, toddlers and infants.
Unashamed vet in the public sector, SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS, earning six figures/year. This history should have affected the family business as well.
How many Vietnamese babies did he kill? More than 50?
If him and his buddies were making jokes they may have made a game out of it, perhaps wagering, and the competition could have resulted in a very high number.

Anonymous said...

Recall the stories of USMilitary in Vietnam who killed entire villages including women and children, toddlers and infants.
Unashamed vet in the public sector, SUPPORTED BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS, earning six figures/year. This history should have affected the family business as well.
How many Vietnamese babies did he kill? More than 50?
If him and his buddies were making jokes they may have made a game out of it, perhaps wagering, and the competition could have resulted in a very high number.

 
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