I just added an entry on the Eight Diamond Generals (that’s why the “Jedi Knights in ancient Vietnam” remark) as well as on the Earth goddess Hau Tho. Plus I expanded my entry on the mother goddess Thien Ya Na and added another myth to the “Don’t mess with Ngoc Hoang” cycle. Here is the link: https://glitternight.com/vietnamese-myth/
EIGHT DIAMOND GENERALS – Divine commanders of the spirit legions and roaming protectors of humanity against the onslaught of demons and other supernatural menaces. In some traditions Ngoc Hoang ordered them to gather at the foot of the giant banyan tree which was the sky ladder (before he struck it down) and then disperse, one to each of the eight directions (north, south, east, west, north-east, south-east, north-west, south-west) to carry out their task. Among their weapons and supernatural implements were said to be hand-held glass orbs which ,when held up to the eye, could see a demon’s true form no matter how it had disguised itself. The combined power of all eight of them was called upon to deal with the goddess Lieu Hanh in a furious battle at Deo Ngang. (Though in later Taoist and Buddhist versions of the myth the Eight Diamond Generals are changed into Taoist and Buddhist priests, respectively)
HAU THO – The goddess of the Earth, often presented as more of an administrator of the Earth and nature rather than as a personification of them. If not properly invoked beforehand, she would fill in the Earth moved when digging wells or other such projects to show her displeasure.
THIEN YA NA – In some myths Ngoc Hoang’s wife. I’ll have a much larger entry on her as time goes by. Eventually many aspects of her worship were assumed by her daughter, the goddess Lieu Hanh, who is one of the 4 major deities of the Vietnamese pantheon (Often called The Four Immortals) and the one whose worship is still most widespread today, despite the official disapproval of the current Vietnamese government. One of the few myths in which Thien Ya Na has not been replaced by Lieu Hahn involves dulling the face of her daughter Trang Chim, the moon goddess. When her daughters the sun and moon goddesses were infants they were already being carried across the sky in their palanquins by their attendants. (Talk about spoiled children!) Both goddesses gave off the same amount of heat and light so the Earth was growing far too hot. Plants and animals were dying in the sweltering heat so Thien Ya Na, who daily bathed the sun and moon goddesses after their respective journeys across the sky, devised a solution. When bathing the moon goddess she smeared a substance (sometimes mud, sometimes ceremonial makeup, but mostly said to be ashes) on Trang Chim’s face to dull her radiance. That is why the moon is less hot and bright than the sun. I have never found a reason given for how she chose which daughter to do this to.