Provided by Bill Laurie

This is reflection of moral rot and decay that has followed establishment of all communist countries. Religion and national customs and traditions are dissolved by "scientific socialism." This had never been a problem in Viet Nam...or anywhere else that's been reported. It is now.


In December, local man Nguyen Hoang Quan reported to police his mother's tomb had been broken into and her skull was missing. She died in 2007.

In the coffin was a note with a telephone number asking for 15 000 dollars to return the skull.

Ancestor worship is widespread in Vietnam, where great care is taken to make sure the departed have everything they need in the afterlife, and their remains are not disturbed.