Burial Rituals

I have been periodically blogging about interesting cultural rituals some of us are less likely to be familiar with. The idea behind it besides learning cool, weird and interesting and often wonderful things that people from other cultures do and observe, is the idea that it is important to learn more about other humans and what they do to promote more tolerance, acceptance, respect and interest in others’ ways of observing the rituals we all tend to partake in, such as birth, death, coming of age, different important ages, marriage and other love partnership type rituals.

I posted a bit about some interesting types of funerals. Here is a link to some ways of burying the dead that you may or may not be familiar with. Besides cremation and burial in a coffin in the cemetery, there are many other ways of dealing with the physical aspect of death — the physical body of the dead loved one… I looked at this website, and frankly didn’t find enough new information, however it does provide alternate solutions during different time frames of human existence…

http://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Man/Your-life/8-weird-burial-customs-20130326

Here is another website post about different burial rituals. Be forewarned that the blogger/writer of this post tries to inject some humor into it, which I’m not sure about…These were a little more interesting, and I was quite shocked by the idea of the ring (last one on the post) but it made me think I’d like my remains to be turned into a diamond ring. It also describes in more detail how some people in India do elaborate rituals around cremating the body…

http://simplymulticultural.com/2012/11/funeral-rituals-around-the-world/

Not only dead bodies are buried, but the opposite of death, the birth– placenta burial rituals are common around the world. Often they involve doing some kind of cleansing of the placenta and burying it in a special place or with certain things. In one culture it is the father who does it. Here is a description of placenta burial rituals around the world, told in a rather neutral fashion, which I tend to prefer:

http://www.birthtoearth.com/FAQs/Placenta+Traditions.html

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