Updated 8 years 6 months ago

After looking throught the list of possible topics for my Inquiry Project, I cannot think of any questions in general about them. I narrowed down to three topics: farming, wood carving/door making, and burial rituals. I might interview or work with the people there who do the work for a living, and put myself in thier shoes and see how life is like. I can also research online, though I doubt the results will be as interesting or accurate as ones from the local people.

Updated 8 years 6 months ago

I know burial rituals vary depending on where you are and religion. Normally, most people either cremate the body (burn it), bury it, or let it rest at the bottom of the sea. What you wear depends on the customary habits of the area. I don't know anything much about the burial rituals in Dali, but I can guess that they are buried in a casket (coffin), which means that they are not cremated, but maybe the ashes are put in the casket. Most of the information I know about burials I really can't recall where I learned it from.

Updated 8 years 6 months ago

When searching for information i can tell that the information is reliable by checking the author/publisher, if it was written by a large organization, government, or university, the information is pretty reliable. Websites like wikipedia are not as reliable because anyone can edit it, but the bibliography it has can contain useful websites. To check if the information is true, you can search other sites and see if the information is the same or similar, if not, one of the websites has incorrect or misleading information.

Updated 8 years 5 months ago

Information From Local Contacts:

If a male dies, you have to wait for two years before red 对联 can be put on doors again, three years for females .This is called 脱孝. (S7) (S14) (S16) (S17)

A month after death, purple 对联 are put on doors, which are changed to yellow or blue on the first Chinese New Year after death. (S7)

Purple 对联 are put on for the first New Year, and green on the second. (S14) (S15) (S16) (S17) (S22) (Contrary to S7) 

The family has to 戴孝 for 2 years for males, and 3 years for females. (S7) (S14) (S16) (S17) (S21)

Updated 7 years 11 months ago

As I near the Final Product of my research in the area of Bai funerals, I need to know what I want to present and share. I think the main point I want to share is the rituals and steps to a proper Bai funeral. Of the many steps, I want to share the most commonly used traditions and rituals. What rituals are done, why they are done, and what is to come are examples of information that I have gathered and want to share.

About This Learner

We're at Xizhou! Let's get to the point, about me... well, I'm 14, I was born in Boston, lived in Connecticut, moved to Hong Kong at the end of third grade, and I came to Shanghai at the end of 5th grade. This is my first year in SAS. I like photography, chemistry, and I've just started archery (tiring after a couple days in a row, but fun). I joined the group a little late. Not much else to say, I'll add stuff when I think of it.