Arjun Nahal Mrs. Webb English Pre-Ap 2, per. 312-16-17The different types of Eastern CulturesThe Shinto and Sikh cultures are very special cultures in the sense that they behave differently than most other cultures in the world. The Shinto faith is one of the main religions in Japan and has many special religious practices and guidelines that are very different from those in Western culture. The Sikh faith is one of the main religions of India, settling in the northwest province of Punjab and has special religious practices and guidelines different from Western Culture. The coming of age in both of these cultures is Marriage is very special in both of these cultures and represent two families coming together and living in harmony. Seijin no Hi is the national coming of age ceremony. It is celebrated all over Japan and marks people as official adults. Seijin no Hi is a national holiday that is cebebrated every year to honor those who have finally become adults at the age of 20 over the past year. “Coming of Age Day means 20-year-olds can vote, drink and marry without parental permission”(Stars and Stripes). Ceremonies are held at offices all over Japan. Speeches are said and small presents are given out to the attendees. Everyone who has attended have become adults. A purification ceremony is held before wedding to keep evil spirits from interfering in the lives of the betrothed and keep a happy marriage. “Before the ceremony actually begins, a Shinto priest purifies the bride, the groom and the assembled congregation” (Toki 3). A Shinto priest then asks the diesties if the couple can get married and asks for their protection and happiness in their lifetime. Everyone stands and bows. This guarantees the bride and groom will live happily and will get through their lives no matter what happens. The exhange of cups is another Shinto tradition that shows how the couple will live in harmony for the rest of their lives. The exchange of cups is done to produce harmony in the relationship and the family’s. It is important in the Shinto faith. The bride and groom exchange cups of sacred wine and the cups get bigger each time. This represents how the couple will live in harmony for the rest of their lives. This is celebrated with only close family and friends. The Shinto faith has very peculiar traditions when it comes to marriages. Some of the traditions are unique but some are influenced by Western and other Eastern cultures. It does have ceremonies with similar meaning that hope for a very good marriage and life together.A baptism ceremony is held to make sure the child is able to live and good and long time. This is a very important ritual that happens to most children before they are even a month old. The child is taken to the nearest church whenever they are able to and given the baptism. Amrit is a type of elixir that is used as a sort of baptismal water which is prepared in a specified way. This is carried out by dissolving some sugar cakes or sugar cubes in a special type of iron bowl containing water. As the Panj Piaray sit around the bowl, the sweetened water is constantly stirred with a double edged sword and some set pieces of holy verses are recited by them. When the recitation is over all the five stand up with the vessel in their hand, and one of them says Ardas or holy verses. The process transforms the water into Amrit. The vows are given in front of everyone to show that this has happened and the newlyweds will live happy lives together The bridegroom then leads the party into the congregation-hall where he sits and waits for the bride to arrive. In the meantime musicians sing the sacred hymns. The bride enters the hall with some members of the family, generally wearing a deep red dress which is often richly embroidered in gold. She sits down next to the groom. Both stay silent. Soon the priest conducting the marriage ceremony asks the bride and the groom as well as their parents to stand up for an initial short prayer. According to the Sikh Rehat maryada, the Kurmai ceremony is not essential. But, if the parents or parties wish, they may do so in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib and a small congregation of a few relatives and friends. This is a small ceremony that joins close members and friends of the two families to make a more peaceful marriage and family ties on both sides. The families are now together and will protect one another and are completely immune to separation. The families are joined together and will support the couple no matter what. The Sikh faith is very unique culture in that is has it’s similarities to Catholic baptism but there baptism represents something more that just acceptance into the culture and prosperity for life. The marriage is very important to keep alive. The Sikh and Shinto faiths have similar aspects about marriage and coming of age. They are both Eastern cultures so they can have similar ideals on the life they will i’ve afterwards. Both of the faiths look of the communion of the groom and bride in harmony and peacefulness. They both ask god to ask for their prosperous marriage to be protected and kept together no matter what happens. The Shinto faith relies more on spirits and god to keep the marriage together while Sikh faith relies more on the families keeping each other up. The Sikh and Shinto faith are both Eastern cultures and are very unique. The Shinto faith is mostly based in Japan while the Sikh faith has been mostly centered in Western India. These two faiths have quite a few things in common but are very much different. The Shinto gaith revolves around the couple living life by themselves very prosperously. In Sikh culture they aim for harmony between the couple and the families. The two cultures ask god to give them a very good marraige and be protected for life with very little trouble. Marriage is very special in both of these cultures and represent two families coming together and living in harmony. Sikh and Shinto cultures are very different in many aspect but can be similar in other aspects.