Giarai Tomb. Male and female figures. Detail of man.
20th c Vietnamese Giarai Peoples Sculpture
VIETNAMESE TRADITIONAL Anonymous
Mrong Ngo Village. Gia Lai province.Vietnam.
Hanoi. Vietnam. Museum of Ethnology.
The sexually explicit men and women and pregnant women symbolize fertility and birth, and thus the continuation of life. Other people and animals will serve as servants of the dead in the afterlife. Plates, dishes, models of tools, etc are placed in the tomb to provide the deceased with the necessities of life. On the roof is an openwork panel depicting the rituals that accompany the construction of the tomb. Once the ceremony is concuded the tomb will be abandoned to fall to pieces.
VIETNAMESE|Giarai Tomb. Male and female figures. Detail of man. |1998