Tran Thang Hang, a former vegetable seller in Ca Mau Province’s U Minh town, has established a cult some people call “Official Academy” and calls herself “Divine Mother.”
In this posture, Tran Thanh Hang who names herself "Divine Mother" of the Official Academy is preaching a lesson
Some followers said that to join, they had to offer her a gold necklace and a silver ring so that she could pray for their peace and neutralize their impending misfortunes.
Once they join, followers have to learn its tenets, which are taught by Hang herself on behalf of the “divine.”
On the 15th and 30th day of each lunar month, they have to go to her house to recite the tenets.
Those failing to recite them will have to kneel down until an incense stick fully burns out.
A repeat offender will not only be punished but also be “reprimanded” by the divine while those who do recite them will be free from sickness and bad luck.
From all accounts, the cult has attracted a big following and many more wish to join.
Hang says her divine mission is to teach her followers not to commit evil deeds. She claims that her cult has been authorized by the town people’s committee.
However, the people’s committee chairman, Nguyen Minh Ca, told Vietnamnet this is not true and the Committee even ordered Hang to stop her rituals several times.
He has heard people in town say they had to pay gold to become members but there is no evidence yet, he added. The police are investigating.