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Variations in Vietnamese marriages, births and infant deaths by months of the Julian calendar and years of the Vietnamese and Chinese astrological calendars

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 July 2008

Nguyen Minh Thang
Affiliation:
Vietnam National Committee on Population and Family Planning, Hanoi, Vietnam
Ingrid Swenson
Affiliation:
Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Summary

The timing of births and marriages in Vietnam appears to have some statistically significant relationships with the signs of the Chinese and Vietnamese astrological calendars. Years considered to be good years have significantly more births and marriages than years that are not considered as desirable. Births and marriages also have some significant variations with seasons of the year. Infant deaths do not appear to have any significant relationships with the astrological signs although infant mortality has some significant relationships with seasons of the year. The findings indicate that there is some purposeful planning for marriages and births to coincide with optimal times defined in the astrological calendars.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1996

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