In the United States, funerals tend to be traditional. Most of them take place in a church and involve somber ceremonies featuring prayers and memories of the one who has passed. A second ceremony is often held at the gravesite. In other parts of the world, funeral traditions are vastly different. Here are just a few ways that other cultures say goodbye to those they love.
Funeral Traditions Around the World | The Rose Shop
South Korea’s Burial Beads
In South Korea, burial space is limited. This situation has caused the country’s people to become creative in how they deal with death. Instead of burying their dead, South Koreans often cremate those who die and press their ashes into beads. The beads are usually colorful and kept in pretty bottles or urns.
Hanging Coffins in the Philippines
The Sagada People from the Philippines place coffins high up along mountainsides. They choose these tough to reach places because they want their deceased loved ones to be as close to heaven as possible. The Sagada People have long feared being buried in the Earth. They know that water will eventually seep into the ground, causing them to rot quickly. By being put to rest on a mountainside, they feel that their corpses are in a safe place.
Displaying the Skull in the Central Pacific
Several months after burying a loved one, people in the Central Pacific exhume the body so that they can take the skull. Once taken, the skull is oiled, polished and preserved. It is then displayed in their homes. Sometimes, the person’s living relatives will make offerings of tobacco and food to it.
Tibet’s Sky Burial
Most forms of Buddhism require the dead to be cremated or given to animals for sustenance. In Tibet, there is little wood available to burn the bodies of the dead, so the living permit vultures to eat them. Once the bones are picked clean, the living grind them up and feed them to the crows, essentially burying their dead in the sky.
Always Hard to Say Goodbye
Around the world, people say goodbye by making beads out of the ashes of loved ones and letting the birds eat their remains while here, it’s common to remember the person who passed by wearing black and placing flowers at their funeral and grave. When buying flowers, quality matters, and you’ll always receive fresh, beautiful flowers from The Rose Shop, a Larkin Company and the in-house florist for Larkin Mortuary.
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