Every religion has their own cultures and traditions when it comes to burial and cremation. Some religions prefer to bury their deceased relative and some prefer to cremate them and keeping their ashes in the funeral urn.
The way mankind cops with the deceased says a lot about the people left behind. Burial practices are the reflection of a culture that speaks about how people live. A genius once quoted ‘man comes from dust and returns to it,’ which is undoubtedly a true statement. So here are the different traditions of burial from different cultures.
Burial Beads in South Korea
In South Korea, people compress the remains of the deceased body into small gem-like beads in diverse color and then displayed at home inside the glass containers or on dishes. It is a decorative way to keep your loved ones near to you. The common colors of beads are black, pink and blue-green.
Tibetan Buddhist Celestial Burials
Also known as Celestial burial, this burial tradition is followed by Tibetans in which they chopped the body of deceased and left to be picked by vultures (angle-like figures) who take the dead person to the heaven. Sky burials are practiced by Mongolians and Buddhist Tibetans.
The Zoroastrian Funeral
This funeral is quite different from other traditions. Zoroastrianism, the oldest Parsi religion don’t cremate the deceased body. But they take it to “Tower of Silence.” The body of deceased is cleaned in the bull’s urine and then lined to be visited by Sagdid (the dog that cleans evil spirits) Then lines are removed with the help of tools, not hands and they are placed on the tower of silence to be eaten up by the vultures.
New Orleans Jazz
New Orleans celebrates death with Jazz music. It fuses French, African American traditions in which mourners marching bands in the ceremony. In the march, they move to more cathartic dancing and upbeat tunes once the deceased's body has been buried. Moreover, onlookers are also welcome to join the march enjoy the music. This process is called as “ second lining.’
In a few cultures like Hindu Isle of Bali, fire is known to be a vehicle for the next birth. The Mayat or body is bathed and then laid out where food has been offered to it. Lanterns also line the path of the deceased hut to know that he/she dies. Then a few village people gather and cremate the deceased.
The body is cleaned, stacked and unearthed on a float and decorated by flowers by the whole village. Then the float is marched through the village and burned. To honor and remember the deceased, massive feast is arranged.
To sum up
Every culture has its own tradition when it comes to burial and cremation.Just like a primitive man has worshipped the 4 elements of the universe (Fire, water, sky, and earth) so these elements also take place in burial practices in diverse tribes of the world. Regardless what tradition you choose, the main notion is to put your loved one Rest in Peace.