I love to visit Museum no matter which country I go. There are just too much national treasure to explore, be it a collection of fine arts, artefacts, weaponry, mummies or in this case here – sexually explicit wooden carvings. Unlike other museums that I have visited before, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology offers a very different experience. This Museum showcase life-size houses of different ethnic groups in Vietnam (there are 54 official ethnic groups in Vietnam). And one of the interesting structure is the tomb of Giarai (Jarai) people, an Arap subgroup of Gia Lai province. Asia has long been known with many peculiar funerals. But what so unique about Giarai’s tomb is those sexually revealing wooden figures that are encircling the tomb. With my photos below, I guess no further elaboration is needed. Together with other wooden figures like pregnant women, children and animal, they symbolize fertility and serve to accompany the dead into the afterlife.
For more information of this Museum, you can visit – http://www.vme.org.vn/index.asp. It’s quite a distance away from the city centre. I took a local bus (No. 14) from Hoan Kiem Lake to reach the Museum.