The Most Unique Funeral Traditions From Around The World Revealed
Everywhere has different ways to pay tribute to their deceased loved ones, and the likes of China, Tibet and South Korea have some extremely unique traditions.
Meanwhile, Mexican families will hold a vigil that can last up to two days where they eat, drink and bring gifts to the bereaved family.
Many people across the globe may choose to have their deceased family member or friend cremated, and will typically go on to then scatter the person’s ashes, or maybe keep them in an urn. However, in South Korea, some put the ashes into beads to then wear as a necklace.
This isn’t a fashion statement though; the idea came around in 2000 after the South Korean government required anyone burying their dead after that year to remove the grave 60 years after burial due to lack of space in the country’s cemeteries, Daily Star reports.
Over in Tibet, they have something known as a sky burial, where the deceased person is left on a mountain rooftop to decompose. This is to expose the person ‘to the elements’, or to be eaten by animals.
According to BBC Bitesize, this is supposed to be a ‘last act of generosity’ so that the person is left with no sins. Once this happens, the remains of the body are collected and burned.
Meanwhile, in Scandinavia, boats play a vital part in their burials. Following Nordic traditions, people are buried in a boat, but not set on water. This is because, as per the University of Southampton, ‘during prehistoric and medieval times in Scandinavia the boat was an indispensable object in everyday life.’ Because of this, it was accepted as ‘a sign and occurred in the spiritual culture as a manifestation of something.’
People would give grave offerings, before covering the deceased with stones and soil.
Then there’s China – a country where funerals with a high turnout is seen as a sign of respect to the person who has died. In a bid to encourage people to attend, apparently the family will hire strippers.
It was announced a couple of years ago that the Chinese Ministry of Culture was going to crack down on this unusual tradition, however. It created a special hotline for members of the public to call and report on instances of funeral strippers being used, in exchange for a monetary reward, Global Times reports.
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