Veronica García, Lauren Arias. Andrey Badilla
Prof. Adriana Jiménez
Reaction Paper – Monsoon Wedding
Worldview changes from one culture to another. As we have largely discussed our culture determines how and what we are. That is why people change in terms of attitudes, beliefs and customs. One important issue that differentiates one culture from the others is the spiritual conceptions it holds. There are some cultures that are spiritual cultures. This definition implies the acceptance of culturally defined spirits and beings.
In Moonsoon Wedding the culture represented is called Punjabi. It is a very ancient, then rich, culture. These people practice different religions; therefore, their spirituality has different manifestations and principles. Just imagine their diverse beliefs, we have to picture that in the last census (1981), Punjabi people in India resulted to be 37 percent Hindu, 61 percent Sikh, 1 percent Muslim, and a little more than 1 percent Christian, with smaller portions of Buddhists, Jains, and others.
Nevertheless, it seems that the people in the movie are specifically
thpractitioners of the Sikh religion. This religion was founded in the 16 century in
Punjab, India. The founder was the Guru Nanak Dev Ji whose message resembled devotion to God at all moment and time. Basically, they believe that there is only one God who has created life and death. They believe that God is in our daily lives as an invisible being and that he is with us in spirit everywhere we go. They also believe in reincarnation so you must behave well in this life because it determines
what you will be in your next one. They encourage the religion?s followers to live in truth and justice.
Regarding their worldview and the way they live, as seen in the movie, they are very familiar people. They really believe in the importance of family, the elderly are also considered key stones of the culture. Among the traditions pictured in the movie, it is necessary to highlight their cheerful music and gracious dances. One of the most characteristic tradition is the exuberant celebrations of weddings. No matter the religion, they all share rituals, songs, dances, food, and dress traditions. The Punjabi weddings are full of rituals and ceremonies very representative of these people. The example of this is the represented by the movie itself, everything evolves around the celebration of a wedding which is the activity that let us get acquainted with the values, expectancies and customs of the characters. The whole family gets together to celebrate the wedding and some even have to travel from other countries. For instance Uncle Tej Puri traveled from The U.S. to be in the wedding. This cultural act is not common in all the cultures where some family members may not be invited or may not travel long distances to assist.
Another characteristic of their world view is how women are treated. In the movie, the father is the one who arranges the marriage for the daughter. She is not able to make her own decisions and is given to one man to another. This can also be seen with Ria. Since her father died, she had to be cared by her uncles and depend on them, which demonstrated that women were not independent. In contrast, in other societies it is more common for women to work and be self dependent.
The movie depicts Pujabi’s culture; their worldview and spiritual conceptions can be seen in their celebrations, clothing, and artistic expressions like music, dances, and so on. This is a very rich culture originated long time ago; therefore, their traditions are varied, colourful, and interesting for people from other societies.