... of the Minangkabau
Abby MinangkabauAbby Dworkin-Brodsky
Each culture has traditions that…
of the Minangkabau
Each culture has traditions that are specific to the people of that culture. Americans celebrate “coming of age” (depending on the religion) with communions or bat/bar mitzvahs. A twenty-one year old celebrates their eligibility to legally drink by going out to the bar on their 21st birthday. Marriages are celebrated with ceremonies, followed by receptions. The way Americans make traditions out of certain events says a lot about what is important to them and what type of events they want to commemorate.
The Minangkabau are no different; they have their own rituals and traditions that enrich their culture and provide anthropologists with insight into what is important to them. Though the ideas behind the traditions and rituals may be the same as with Americans, the way these traditions are performed leads to the differences amongst cultures.