Interesting facts about the vietnames ladeeez

Trip Start Sep 09, 2011
Trip End Jun 29, 2012

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

So this is just a collection of facts from the museum, but I thought they were really interesting. I am a bit of a geek though...

In the Sinhmun tribe at the first wedding ceremony the bride puts her hair into a bun to signify marriage. Before that she wears here hair loose, as do the other single women in the tribe to show that they are available. The husband then stays with the wife's family until the 2nd wedding ceremony where they go to his family home. In the past 8 or 9 years often separated the two ceremonies, and the couple usually arrived with their children!

The Taoi tribe: in the past 15 and 16 year old boys and girls had to file down their teeth just before getting married... the museum didn't really explain why!

In the Ma tribe, many goods such as jars, necklaces, buffalo, pigs and alcohol are given by the groom's family to the bride's. The couple stay completely covered by a sort of makeshift tent thing until the vows are completed.

The Hon nham tribes from the central highlands of Vietnam follow a matrilineal tradition. With a few local differences it is usual from men to live in their wife's home and for the children to take the mother's name. Girls inherit the family wealth, and the youngest girl is the most privileged. The bride's family pay the groom a dowry as he will be expected to move to the woman's village. Although every child is a blessing, in fact girls are preferred for these reasons.

In the Ede tribe, the bride's family offers a copper bowl, 'a milk bowl' (God knows what that is), an embroidered blanket and 8 other blankets to the midwife who delivered the groom and to the ritual master who practiced healing rituals during the groom's childhood illnesses.

In the Charu tribe, traditionally girls marry at the age of 15 or 16, and wedding lasts for 2 or 3 days.

In the Ede tradition, naming rituals occur 3 days after a child is born. The ritual master says a name, and if the baby cries on hearing it then another name is chosen. The master then dips a spike with bitter eggplant, casapan bark and ginger into a bowl of dew (heaven knows!) and placing it near the baby's ear, blows 3 wishes into the ears.

Before the 1960's many women in ethnic communities gave birth at home in the yard, or under a temporary shelter in the forest. Traditionally the H'mong tribes bury the placenta at the base of the principal column of the house. Other groups will hang the placenta from a special tree in the forest.

Many ethnic groups put a green branch in front of the house to protect newborn babies from evil spirits or strangers. A branch of a mulberry tree or a thorn branch is placed in the baby's room and amulets and a knife are placed near where the baby sleeps. A silver chain is also placed around the neck for protection.

The black Thai birth rituals involve placing the baby immediately into a basket and then the paternal grandmother giving a lecture on moral values before being handed back to the mother!!

Women have always played an important role in the defensive history of Vietnam. In 40AD the Trung sisters led the battle for independence against the Chinese, and after winning, Trung Trac proclaimed herself queen. (She sounds scary...)

During the Vietnam War (or "The Destructive War of the American's" as the museum referred to it!!!) in the south women represented 40% of the Guerrilla and Militia.

If you made it to the end of that... well done. You are officially as geeky as me!
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