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Vietnamese Celebration of Life After Death

Tags: Death Rituals, Vietnamese, Money, Symbolic Burning


Every year, on the death of someone in the family, fake money and objects symbolizing wealth are burned as an offering to the dead.

Informant Info

Race/Ethnicity: Vietnamese

Age: 20

Occupation: College Student

Residence: Northwest Arkansas, USA

Date of Performance: March 2024

Primary Language: English

Other Language(s): N/A

Relationship: Sister


GP, the informant, was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) to Vietnamese parents.


In Vietnamese culture, it is important for them to remember the dead. In doing so, those who are alive must offer food or other material items to help them ease into the afterlife.