"GIARAI TOMB @ ETHNOLOGY MUSEUM - Part 2" Hanoi Things to Do Tip by balhannah

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  The Giarai Tomb
by balhannah
  • The Giarai Tomb - Hanoi
      The Giarai Tomb
    by balhannah

You may get a shock when you come across the Giarai Tomb, as around the outside of it, are some sexual figures!

The Giarai people hail from Vietnam?s central highlands.

There Tomb was rather interesting, as I, and probably many other people, had never seen anything like it before!

I found out that they send the soul of a deceased family member on a grave-leaving journey to the land of the ancestors, and that this ceremony may be held many years after death.

This maybe because families can't afford the cost at the time, so they do it when they can afford food and drink for a proper feast and when they feel emotionally ready to send the dead away.
Until that time, as many as 50 people may be buried in the same tomb, where their spirits are fed and mourned.

To insure a proper send-off, relatives build an ornate grave house over the tomb and erect wooden funeral statues.
Delegations from several villages dance around the tomb, accompanied by ensembles of people playing gongs and drums.

The mourning families sacrifice dozens of water buffaloes and cows for a feast, and hundreds of jars of wine are consumed, some from the families and some from guests. At the end of the ritual, the deceased has left the village and the mourning period ends.

A Tomb full of interest!

Directions: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Written Sep 22, 2009
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