Here at Arlington Funerals we are the number one, family run, funeral directors in the Stoke and Greater Manchester area. We have a number of different Funeral Services available to you, but today we will be talking about some unusual types of funerals that are done in different countries throughout the world.
Filipino death traditions: Many different ethnic groups in the Philippines have unique funeral practices. The Benguet of North Western Philippines blindfold their dead and place them next to the main entrance of the house. Whilst their Tinguian neighbours dress the bodies of their loved ones in their best clothes, sit them on a chair and place a lit cigarette in their lips. The Caviteño, who live near Manila, bury their dead in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When someone becomes seriously ill, they select the tree where they will eventually be entombed. Meanwhile, the Apayo, who live in the north, bury their dead under the kitchen.
Sky burial in Mongolia and Tibet. Many Vajrayana Buddhists in Mongolia and Tibet believe in the transmigration of spirits after death, this means that the soul moves on, while the body becomes an empty vessel, quite similar to some other religions from around the world. To return the body to the earth, the body is chopped into pieces and placed on a mountaintop, which exposes it to the elements, such as the wind, rain, sun and even including vultures. It’s a practice that’s been done for thousands of years and, according to a recent report, about 80% of Tibetans still choose it for their choice of funeral.
The New Orleans jazz funeral. It’s one of the prototypical images of New Orleans, Louisiana: the boisterous, jazz-tinged funeral procession. Fusing West African, French and African-American traditions, funerals in New Orleans strike a unique balance between joy and grief as mourners are lead by a marching band. The band plays sorrowful dirges at first, but once the body is buried, they shift to an upbeat note. Cathartic dancing is generally a part of the event, to commemorate the life of the deceased.
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