A Brief Introduction to Marital and Burial Customs of Yi People
A Brief Introduction to Marriage Customs of Yi People
单元词汇/短语： 迎亲队伍 左脚舞 青棚 喜神 树葬 陶器葬 岩葬 水葬 天葬 土葬 火葬
Vocabulary： groom’s procession Zuojiao dance green roof joy god tree burial pottery burial rock burial water burial celestial burial inhumation cremation
The wedding of Yi people always turns to be an interesting carnival. On the wedding day, the bridegroom’s family is teamed with joy and happiness with all relatives getting together. In the middle of the yard, there is usually a green roof made of green tree brunches and it is decorated with colored ribbons and other colorful decorations. The memorial tablet of joy god stands in the middle of the green roof. When entering the bride’s house, the groom’s procession will accept the water-sprinkling from the bride’s brothers,sisters and peer young men and women, which indicates welcoming and celebrating. After that, the bride’s side will serve the groom’s procession with tea, then sweet water, which stands for bitter first and sweet afterwards. After all wedding rites finished, the bride’s side will entertain the groom’s procession, all relatives and villagers with big feasts. In the evening, all people will dance in the yard or square outside all through the night.
1. Express the words and phrases in English with the help of your dictionary.
2. Introduce the marriage customs of Yi people briefly in English.
3. Make a 5-8 minute play-let on the wedding customs of Yi people by group.
A Brief Introduction to Funeral Customs of Yi People
(1) Tree Burial
Tree Burial is an ancient funeral custom among Yi people. People put the bones wrapped with silk cloth in a bucket or in a tree hole, which means the house of spirit and is called “spirit bucket ”.
(2) Pottery Burial
Also named as “Straight Burial” , “Towering Burial ”, pottery burial means that people always put the corpse straightly in a six-chi pottery, then, bury it and make it a grave mound.
(3) Rock Burial
Yi people usually put the ashes in a pottery and then put it in a cave.
(4) Water Burial
Yi people often put the corpse into a river and let the water wash it away. Later, Yi people carry the corpse to a river side and cremate it, then, sweep the ashes into the river and let the water wash it away.
(5) Celestial Burial
Yi people often carry the corpse to the top of a mountain and the body are exposed to birds of prey.
Inhumation means that the corpse is put into a coffin which is buried into a grave marked with an earth hummock .
Cremation means burning the bodies, which has a long history among Yi people.
Summarize the funeral types of Yi people in English.