Phan Xich Long (1893–1916) was a 20th century Vietnamese mystic and
geomancer who claimed to be the Emperor of Vietnam. He attempted to exploit
religion as a cover for his own political ambitions, having started his own
ostensibly religious organisation. Claiming to be a descendant of Emperor
Ham Nghi, Long staged a ceremony to coronate himself, before trying to seize
power in 1913 by launching an armed uprising against the colonial rule of
French Indochina. His supporters launched an attack on Saigon in March 1913,
drinking potions that purportedly made them invisible and planting bombs at
several locations. The insurrection against the French colonial
administration failed when none of the bombs detonated and the supposedly
invisible supporters were apprehended. The French authorities imprisoned
Long and many of his supporters, who openly admitted their aim of
overthrowing French authorities at the trial. In 1916, southern Vietnam was
hit by uprisings against French rule, with many of Long's supporters
attempting to break him out of jail. The French easily repelled the attack
on the jail, decimating Long's movement. Following attempted breakout, Long
and his key supporters were put to death. Many of the remnants of his
support base went on to join what later became the Cao Dai, a major
religious sect in Vietnam.
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