Thursday, 9 August 2007
When a child was born there were no celebrations for four weeks, then after it had survived a month a party was held. I imagine in the old days the mortality rate was fairly high in the first month. If I remember correctly they were then considered one year old. Age must have started with conception.
Sixty was considered a venerable old age. Evidently, wars apart, it was pretty difficult to reach that age. Life was tough in Vietnam. I know I arrived young and left very much older. When I compare myself in my mid thirties to people today I was at least a whole generation older. There was the same difference between the men who had gone through the second world war and those who hadn't.
On the other hand the old were very respected by the young. In fact there terms of addressing each other, the family hierarchy was all based on respect for age.