Across the world, funeral traditions vary from region to region. Today, we’ve decided to showcase a few of them:
A law passed in South Korea in 2000 requires anyone burying a loved one to remove the grave after 60 years! That’s due to dwindling graveyard space. Because of this law, cremation has become much more popular. The twist is, why have ashes when you can have cremains turned into gem-like beads in turquoise, pink or black and then display these “death beads” around your house.
The New Orleans Jazz Funeral
In New Orleans, boisterous, jazz-tinged funeral processions blend traditions of West African, French and African-American creating an event that borders from grief to joy as mourners are led by marching bands. The band plays sorrowful songs first and then shifts to lively upbeat songs that include dancing in celebration of the deceased.
Filipino Traditions of Display
Filipinos have some very unique funeral practices. The Benguet of Northwestern Philippines blindfold their dead and place them next to the main entrance of the house; their Tinguian neighbors dress bodies in their best clothes, sit them on a chair and place a lit cigarette in their lips! The Caviteño, who live near Manila, bury the dead in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When a person becomes ill, they select the tree where they will be entombed. Meanwhile, the Apayo, who live in the north, bury their dead right under the kitchen.