Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Rights of Passage
Rites of passage are ceremonies that mark transitions from one stage of life to another. The photos below show rites of passage ceremonies of the Yao of Vietnam. Discuss rites of passage with students. Explain that they are important ceremonies, such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and Sweet 16 parties, which mark different stages in our lives.
Ask what rites of passage students have participated in or witnessed.
Ask them to research one rite of passage, answering the following questions:
- What are the main elements of the event?
- Who are the main participants and the audience?
- What is needed to perform the rite?
Ask students to present their findings to the class, and discuss why rites of passage are significant in cultures.
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This activity, created to accompany the museum's Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind & Spirit exhibition, takes a look at rites of passage.
- The activity begins by explaining that rites of passage are ceremonies that mark transitions from one stage of life to another.
- Students look at photos from the rites-of-passage ceremonies of the Yao of Vietnam.
- Then, they reflect on the significance of rites-of-passage ceremonies, including weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and Sweet 16 parties.
Approximately 1 period