Rites Of Passage Anthropology

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Register to read the introduction… For example after a couples first child is born, a ceremony is held to give an honorific name to the young father. The ceremony marks the young grooms passage into full familial responsibility. During the event the father-in-law is invited to give the child an honorific name which usually means he would add one name to the son in laws original name. Occasionally the father in law would give the young man a completely new name which is usually two or more syllables long. Hence Laotians long first and last names on paper. But that isn’t all, three days after a child is born the family holds a sort of soul calling ceremony which is added on to the naming ceremony also. The purpose of the ritual is to call upon the soul of the newborn towards the family to aid in giving the child a name. Being a highly superstitious culture the belief in ghosts, spirits and monsters is highly regarded. This relates back to the roots that are retained from ancient Buddhist beliefs that came throughout history over time. Yet in order to call the soul of the child to the family a pig or a chicken is ritually slaughtered, then roasted and eaten by the family thus ending the …show more content…
Unlike those who have Bar mitzvahs and quincineras to signify passage into adulthood for women and men Lao culture is more simple and everything is based on gender and again reflects Buddhist thinking of attitude and behavior. It is impossible to understand Lao Culture without having at least a basic knowledge of the Hinayana Buddhist tradition which came to the country from Cambodia over 450 years ago. Despite that the jump to marriage is very elaborate and celebratory among a Lao couple. Laotian wedding ceremonies are no different from any other, they are a ritual to celebrate the bond between man and woman announcing them as husband and wife. In Lao culture the ceremony takes about the full day but a week for everyone to arrive. On the day of the wedding the husband and wife are blessed by a Buddhist monk called in from the local temple, the priest then states all the traditional ceremonial words and prayers thus signifying the groom and brides parents to exchange money or gifts to one another’s family in order to honor them. A ceremonial walk is then held in which the groom and bride are led by one of the temple monks around their house or wherever they’re living at the time. The walk symbolizes the circle of life to promote a long fulfilling bond between one another, basically until death do them part. At the end of this walk the groom and brides fathers traditionally exchange shots of whisky at the front door to elaborate this new bond. Afterwards guests are encouraged to take shots of whiskey with the groom as a celebration of his rite of passage into marriage thus beginning the rest of the days

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