To preserve the Ede’s particular culture, on October 13rd, Dak Lak Museum in coordination with the family of Mr. Y’Wut Mlo and Mrs. H’Yuoh Nie in Tai village, Krong Jing, M’drak held to restore the Ede’s New Jar Ritual.
Offerings consist of one pig, one bronze tray,
one branch of Melia azedarach, a pole for rice wine jar, six bronze bracelets, three bead necklaces,
three rice big-bowls, three bowls of rice wine, three bowls of meat and blood
mixture, three dishes of meat and viscera, cigarette, candles which are offered
in the interior house to practice the ritual.
The rite is quite simple, after reparation, the house
owner informs the villagers about the purchase of new Jar and invites the villagers
to participate in the ritual. When gong sound resounds, the sorcerer on behalf
of the house owner reads the ritual lessons to call the Spirit entering to the
new Jar. In the ritual, the host and hostess eat and drink the offerings, then
the sorcerer puts on the Jar three bronze bracelets, two bracelets for the
husband and one for the wife. After the bracelets worn, the sorcerer prays for Yang and ancestors
to make the host and hostess healthy, lucky and peaceful.
Nextly, they move the stem sucking rice wine
following the rite Mnam ring. The
participants take their turns, from the host and hostess then sisters,
children, unlces to guests, come and enjoy the rice wine.
Finishing the rites, the familiy invites
relatives, gong players and all participants to enjoy food and drink rice wine.
Dak Lak Museum organizes the restoration of the
Jar Ritual in order to supplement and enrich sources of materials, photos and
films related to the ritual used in the temporary exhibition "Jars in the
Ede’s living in Dak Lak". These sources also serve for research and
exhibition at the Museum to raise the people’s awareness of preserving and
promoting the good cultural values of the nation, which raises counciousness
of preserving and promoting heritage values of the Ede in particular and
other ethnic people in general.
Preparation for the ritual
Preparing the pole for rice
sorcerer on behalf of the host practising the rite calling the Spirit to enter the new jar
Wearing the bronze bracelets for the Jar
Wearing the bronze bracelet on the host wrist to
wish him a good health
The host and hostess drinking rice wine
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