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Death Traditions

Writing up a post like this was on my mind for such a long time, but I always skipped it for some reason.

Some of these rituals are just gross, so be prepared.

Let's start with The Jazz Funeral


A typical Jazz Funeral starts with a march by the family, friends, following with Jazz band from the home, funeral home or church to the cemetery, they play hymens and other religious songs.

After either the deceased is entombed, and members of the cortege say their final goodbye the music becomes more upbeat.

The mass who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the parades, and their style of dancing, in which they walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in
the air.

One of the notable Jazz Funerals was David Bowie's

South Korea's Dead Beads

In South Korea some people choose to compress the remains of the dead person into gem-like beads in different colours which are then displayed at home. That replaces the burial.

Funeral Strippers

Some families hire strippers to attract the people attending the funeral , host dances, and set out feasts to entice people to attend.”

Filipino death traditions

In Northwestern Philippines, they blindfold their dead and place them next to the main entrance of the house; In Tinguian, they dress their dead in their best clothes, sit them on a chair and place a lit cigarette in their lips. And In Manila they bury their dead in a hollowed-out tree trunk, and some who live in the north, bury their dead under the kitchen


For some cultures, the best way to honour the dead is by eating them.

Tibetan Buddhist Celestial Burials

Tibetan Buddhists practice ritual post mortem, or "Sky Burials" the tradition of chopping up the dead into small pieces and giving the remains to animals, particularly birds. Sometimes the body is left whole

Green funerals

This no embalming, getting buried in a biodegradable caskets.

And other option becoming a memorial reef ball, means your remains into a sphere that is attached to a reef in the ocean,

Muslim Funeral Traditions

After the death, the body should be buried as soon as possible from the time of death, which means that funeral planning and preparations begin immediately (some burry their dead the same day, some in 24 / 48 hours)

To prepare the body for burial, it must be washed, and wrapped into piece of cloth called Kafan

Close same-sex family members are encouraged to wash the body in some cases the spouse is allowed to wash

The body should be washed three times, and if they feel it's not clean the body can be washed until they feel it's clean, all body hair must be removed as well.

Women’s hair should be washed and braided into three braids. When body is washed and clean the body should be covered in a white sheet.

The body should be placed on top of the sheets, Women should be dressed in an ankle-length sleeveless dress and head veil. the deceased’s left hand should rest on the chest and the right hand should rest on the left hand, as in a position of prayer. The sheets should then be folded over the body, first following the right to left direction until all three sheets have wrapped the body. The cloak should be secured with ropes, one tied above the head,(starting from under the chin) two tied around the body, and one tied below the feet. The body should then be transported to the mosque for funeral prayers.

You can't view the body once it's covered & prepared, however before all these preparations hospitals allow you to say your final good byes.

Traditionally only me are allowed to be at the burial however in some countries women are also allowed at the gravesite, but not allowed to watch the burial from a close distance.

Before placing the body into grave, a layer of wood is placed on the head side and the left & right side, the body needs a direct contact with the soil, after the body is placed it's also covered with soil.
Once the grave has been filled, a small marker is placed so it's recognisable after a certain time. the family can place a head stone but not something like large monument.

After the funeral and burial, the family will gather and receive visitors. According to customs community provides food for the family for the first few days of the mourning period, as it's expected people can't cook while grieving . Generally, the mourning period lasts 40 days.

They read prayers after deceased for 3 days, men & women doesn't sit in the same room during this prayers

Ghana fantasy coffins

In Ghana people desire to be buried in coffins that represent their work or something they loved in life.

Hanging Coffins

The people of Sagada a province in Philippines believed that the closer the coffin was to the sky, the closer the deceased was to heaven.

Jade Burial Suit

Royal members of the Han dynasty were buried in ceremonial suits of jade.


Once every seven years, the Malagasy people of Madagascar unbury the bodies of loved ones, wrap them in cloth and dance with the corpse.

Kiribati Skull Burial

A few months after burial, the body is exhumed and the skull is taken. The family of the deceased will polish, oil, preserve, and display this skull in their homes. Sometimes they offer food to the skull as well.

Memento Mori

In The Victorian era people were particularly fascinated with death and mourning. Post Mortem photographs were common. Spirit photos were popular and created using a double exposure that created a ghostly image of the deceased next to the solid image of the mourning.


In Ancient Greece & Egypt , people used to carry “passports of the dead..

These passports made of metal or stone would have a picture of the deceased on one side and navigation instructions for the afterlife on the other.

* I actually had a photo of Prince Charles twirling a handkerchief but I couldn't find the owner of the photo to credit, to avoid my post & my blog taken down, I decided to use an another photo.

*Photo Credits

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