Central Highland funeral house


Funeral houses and statues are typical characteristics of the traditional culture in the Central Highlands.

The tradition of erecting funeral house and statues is seen only in the Ba Na, Ede, Gia rai, Mnong and Xo Dang ethnic minorities. Funeral houses are built over the grave and are the place of the grave-hut removal ceremony.

Central Highland funeral house
Central Highland funeral house. Photo: Vietnam Tourism

There are many types of funeral houses which often use the 3 colors black, red and white for decoration. Funeral statues are unique sculptures to this land, especially the funeral statues of the Gia Rai and Ba Na ethnic minorities.

The grave-hut removal ceremony is a ritual that sees the dead off to another world.


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