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Vietnam's Music for the Dead

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Vietnam's Music for the Dead

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Vietnam's Music for the Dead

Vietnam's Music for the Dead

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In Vietnam, there is a proverb: "The living need light and the dead need music." This genre of music is unique to Vietnam's Buddhist tradition and funeral rites. But some say it's on the way out, a victim of economic modernization. NPR's Michael Sullivan reports.