Vietnamese Culture on Death

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Sociology 33 2 April 2014 Culture Assignment “‘The sense of the dead is that of the final,’ says a Vietnamese proverb, meaning that funeral ceremonies must be solemnly organized,” as stated in the Vietnam Tourism website. The way a funeral is organized in Vietnam is strongly influenced by Chinese; as stated in the article “Culture of Vietnam,” ones with various rites and activities. Most funerals in Vietnam consist of three stages. In the tourism website they also state that, “The date and time for the funeral procession, le dua tang, must be carefully selected.” This is an important factor, as the mourning process of a loved one in Vietnamese customs the funeral goes on for two years. The length of a Vietnamese funeral is after three…show more content…
There are two mains type of interring in Vietnam: burying and burning. The mourning time after the funeral is different based on the position of the death in the family, but mostly from 3 months to 3 years. During the mourning time, the family members have to wear a small black piece of cloth on the arm or chest. Nowadays, mourning ceremonies follow new rituals which are simplified; they consist of covering and putting the dead body into the coffin, the funeral procession, the burial of the coffin into the grave, and the visits to the tomb. The deceased person’s family members wear a white turban or a black mourning band. Work Cited Page 1. “Culture of Vietnam.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. 30 Mar. 2014. 2. Ngan, Van. “Funeral Rites in Vietnam,” n.d. web. 30 Mar. 2014 3. Vietnam Tourism, Vietnam, n.d. Web. 30 Mar.
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