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About Museum of Tarot

Museum of Tarot (or Bảo Tàng Tarot in Vietnamese), founded in 2016 (will officially open in 2017), is located in Can Tho City, in the south of Vietnam. The museum has three themes: Lithotherapy, Cartomancy and Demonology.

It is combined from six main collections related to Tarology:

Fortune Telling Cards (Tarot and Oracles decks), Historical Books and Documents on Cartomancy, Art of Cardmaking and Decoration of Fortune Telling Cards; Amulets and Talismans and Magical Tools; Lithotherapy Crystals and Charmestones; Demonological and Sacred Books and Haunted Objects.

The museum is established in an ancient noble hotel, called “the citron house”, under the Vietnamese renaissance style. This house is sacrificed for the museum by an old couple of lawyer, Anh Ngo and Duong Ho in 2015.


We would like to express special thanks to our honor doners and friends who have given us the precious opportunity to establish this wonderful museum.
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Museum of Tarot

Deepak Bhagya

44 Nguyen Khuyen Street, An Cu Ward, Ninh Kieu District

900 000 Can Tho City, Vietnam

Phone: +84 916416409

Email: contact@museum-tarot.org

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Philippe NGO, Ph.D

Researcher with BNF (National Library of France - BiBibliothèque Nationale de France) in DIGIDOC Project , funded by ANR (French National Research Agency - Agence National de Recherche) on the digitization of old and precious documents of human culture.

Tarot researcher and author of some tarot books. Founder of Tarot Huyen Bi Community and Tarot Viet Service.

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Phung Lam

Tarot researcher and author of some tarot books. Founder of Tarot Viet Service.

He is the biggest doner of the museum with around more than a hundred tarot and oracle decks, with more than a hundred bouddhist and taoist amulets and sacred tools.


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Tarot & Oracles & Fortune Telling Cards

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Lithotherapy Crystals & Charms Stones

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300 Decorating Objects about Cartomancy (pins, medals, paintings...)
2000 Antique and comtemporary Tarot & Oracles & Divination tools.
200 Cardmaking Plates (Etchings, Woodcuts, Photographic Glass...)
200 Books & Historical Documents about Tarot & Oracles & Magick
2000 Amulets & Talismans & Ritual Tools (Athames, Sigil Seals...)
3000 Charmstones & Lithotherapy Crystals

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Article: Piemontese Tarot, B.P Grimaud, France, c.19th century

Piemontese Tarot, B.P Grimaud, c.19th century. Very rare version of Piedmontese Grimaud Tarocco.

Piedmontese cardmakers gradually eliminated the French influence which had pervaded the Tarocco cards of the 18th century. This influence lingered on until the mid-19th century in the case of certain cardmakers, but the pattern under review established itself much earlier than this, probably in the first decade of the century. It began its life in single-figure form, with Italian inscriptions on the trumps and court cards, and introduced the unusual feature of numbering its trump cards with arabic numerals.

Before the Unification of Italy, these cards were made and used within the region, but as the manufacture of other types of Italian 78-card Tarocco packs faded away in the 20th century, the Piedmontese Tarocco is the sole survivor and is used in Italy wherever the 78-card pack is required.

At the end of the 19th century the feature of double-ended court cards and trumps was adopted (see cards illustrated) and this is the version used up to the present time. An occasional pack is known without inscriptions on the court cards.

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Article: Industrie und Glück Tarock, Austrian Tarock, Type C, Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, c.1890- 1920.

Industrie und Glück Tarock, Austrian Tarock, Type C, Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, c.1890- 1920.

Industrie und Glück (German for 'Industry and Luck') is a pattern of French suited playing cards used to play tarock. The name originates from an inscription found on the second trump card. This deck was developed during the nineteenth century in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After the collapse of the empire in World War I, it remained the most widely used tarot deck in Central Europe and can be found throughout the former parts of the empire. Though not designed for cartomancy, these cards were used in Argentine fortune telling decks in the mid-20th century. Unlike the Italian tarocco decks which depict Renaissance allegorical motifs or even the French Tarot Nouveau which added modern themes, all Industrie und Glück trumps illustrate genre scenes of rural life with no themes. All trumps except the unnumbered Excuse use Roman numerals unlike the Tarot Nouveau or Cego decks. The pip cards and face cards lack corner indices.

This pattern seems to have emerged rather later than Type B, probably around 1890, the date found on the reins of the cavalier of Clubs in a pack made by Ferd. Piatnik of Vienna and designed by J. Neumayer. (This inscription is retained in many packs made much later). The pattern may have been introduced into Czechoslovakia by Piatnik when they amalgamated with Ritter of Prague after World War I. However, the date 1920 (3 years previous) appears on the saddle of the cavalier of Clubs from packs made by Ceská Grafická Unie of Prague. The pack does not appear ever to have been made in Hungary. It is still made in Vienna and Prague.

Some of the scenes are copied from 19th-century packs by Glanz of Vienna (which followed the style but not the order of any of this series of patterns) and a few came from the Steiger pack.

As with other patterns in this series, the legend on Trump II varies. In Austria it remains constant, with a crowned eagle and "Industrie und Glück". When Bohemia became part of the republic of Czechoslovakia after World War I Ritter (with Piatnik) erased the words but retained the eagle and after World War II the nationalised Obchodní Tiskárny of Prague retained this feature. Between the wars, however, Ceská Grafická Unie had replaced the eagle with a bareheaded falcon and changed the inscription to Audaces Fortuna Juvat. A Piatnik pack of c.1900 showed an imperial eagle with two heads.

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News: An etching of JEU DE CARTES DE BONNE AVENTURE, by cardmaker Bourchard, c.19th century, was bought to the museum this week

Content : Printed on border: "gravé par Bouchard, rue Saint-Christophe, 7, à Paris (époque Restauration). (Bibliotheque Nationale. -- estampes.) Source note: Les cartes á jouer du quatorzième au vingtième siècle. (Paris : Hachette, 1906) Allemagne, Henry René d'' (1863-1950), Author.

News: An ancient article of Journal Des Debats, published in 1818 with the prediction of Mlle Lenormand, was bought this week for the museum.

An article of Journal Des Debats, published in 1818 with the prediction of Mlle Lenormand, was bought this week for the museum. This object is very important because it is the only one which has the prediction in public of Mlle Lenormand.

Some information about Mlle Lenormand:

Marie Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1772–1843) was a French professional fortune-teller of considerable fame during the Napoleonic era. In France Lenormand is considered the greatest cartomancer of all time, highly influential on the wave of French cartomancy that began in the late 18th century. Lenormand was born on 27 May 1772 in Alençon, Normandy, to Jean Louis Antoine Lenormand, a draper, and Marie Anne Lenormand (née Gilbert). Lenormand was orphaned at the age of five and educated in a convent school. Lenormand left Alençon for Paris in 1786. Lenormand claimed to have given cartomantic advice to many famous persons, among them leaders of the French revolution (Marat, Robespierre and St-Just), Empress Josephine and Tsar Alexander I. She was active for more than 40 years. In 1814 Lenormand started a second literary career and published many texts, causing many public controversies. She was imprisoned more than once, though never for very long. Death[edit] Lenormand died in Paris on 25 June 1843 and is buried in Division 3 of Père Lachaise Cemetery. She left behind a fortune of 500,000 Francs, and left no heirs other than a nephew who, at the time of her death, was in the army.A devout Catholic, her nephew burned all of Mme. Lenormand's Occult paraphernalia; taking only the monetary fortune that she left behind.

After Lenormand's death her name was used on several cartomancy decks including a deck of 36 illustrated cards known as the Petit Lenormand or simply Lenormand cards still used extensively today. The 36 card Lenormand deck is modelled on a deck of cards published c1799 as part of Das Spiel der Hoffnung (The Game of Hope), a game of chance designed by Johann Kaspar Hechtel of Nuremberg.

Some information about Journal des Debats:

The Journal des débats (French for: Journal of Debates) was a French newspaper, published between 1789 and 1944 that changed title several times. Created shortly after the first meeting of the Estates-General of 1789, it was, after the outbreak of the French Revolution, the exact record of the debates of the National Assembly, under the title Journal des Débats et des Décrets ("Journal of Debates and Decrees"). Published weekly rather than daily, it was headed for nearly forty years by Bertin l'Aîné and was owned for a long time by the Bertin family. During the First Empire, it was opposed to Napoleon, and had a new title imposed on it, the Journal de l'Empire. During the first Bourbon Restoration (1813–14), the Journal took the title Journal des Débats Politiques et Littéraires, and, under the second Restoration, it took a conservative rather than reactionary position.Under Charles X and his entourage, the Journal changed to a position supporting the liberal opposition represented by the Doctrinaires (Guizot, Royer-Collard, etc.) (1827–1829). The Journal des Débats was the most read newspaper of the Restoration and the July Monarchy, before being surpassed by Emile de Girardin's La Presse and later by Le Petit Journal. The many contributions established the Journal's reputation as a major influence on French culture, and especially French literature for the first half of the 19th century. During the German occupation, the Journal continued to be published, which caused it to be suppressed after the Liberation of Paris in 1944.

Article: Antique book The Key To Tarot by author A.E.Waite, published by Laurence & Co in 1919.

The very rare antique book The Key To Tarot, written by A.E.Waite and published by Laurence & Co in 1919, was bought last week for the museum. This book is famous because it is an exact facsimile copy of the The Key To Tarot of A.E.Waite, under the title The Illustrated Key to the Tarot: The Veil of Divination, Illustrating the Greater and Lesser Arcana, without giving any credit to Waite.

Some information about L. W. de Laurence:

L. W. de Laurence (full name Lauron William de Laurence) was an American author and publisher on occult and spiritual topics. He was born on 20 March 1868 at Ravenna, Ohio, the eldest child of William and Mary (nee Walker) Lawrence and died on 11 September 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, USA at the age of 68. He was married twice: the first time was in 1897 to Orrie Eckert in Ohio and the second time in about 1905 to Pauline McAdoo in Illinois. His publishing company (De Laurence, Scott & Co.) and spiritual supply mail order house was located in Chicago, Illinois. De Laurence was a pioneer in the business of supplying magical and occult goods by mail order, and his distribution of public domain books, such as Secrets of the Psalms by Godfrey Selig and Pow Wows or the Long-Lost Friend by John George Hohman had a great and lasting effect on the African American urban hoodoo community in the southern United States as well as on the development of Obeah in Jamaica. In early 1930 he was consecrated a bishop by the Spiritualist Arthur Edward Leighton (1890 to 1963), a bishop of the American Catholic Church (a church body founded by Joseph René Vilatte). One surprising result of de Laurence's consecration was that it helped influence the move of some black spiritualist churches towards a more traditional view of Christianity and in the year of his death, 1936, he may have consecrated the first bishops for these churches, e.g. Thomas B Watson (1898 to 1985) of New Orleans.

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Adress: 44 Nguyen Khuyen Street, An Cu Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho City, Vietnam.
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