Category: Funeral Rites and Rituals Around the World

Japan has a cremation rate of over 99%, the highest of any country in world Some local governments even ban traditional burials This was not always the case – before World War II, cremation was...
For many mourners, long gone are the days of sombre dress and tear-filled handkerchiefs Today many of the last requests of the dearly departed are becoming increasingly unusual as the traditional...
Ancient Chinese traditions that have existed since 1,556 BC inform a cultural thinking that the souls of the dead exist in another world, but that they can visit the Earth by resting in their graves...
There are many ways to honour a passed loved one after the process of cremation Some find immense comfort scattering ashes in a person’s favourite spot, or perhaps more commonly, by selecting a...
Many of the islands of the Pacific have maintained a strong connection to their cultural religious beliefs, despite the historical influence of many Christian missions In Papua New Guinea, when a...
The stars have fascinated mankind since the dawn of history, and many of the most ancient funeral rites take the movement of heavenly bodies into account However it’s only very recently that it’s...
According to archaeological evidence, funeral rites were one of the very first elements of human culture to emerge Funeral rites can be found in every culture, both ancient and contemporary, although...
While many people continue to consider burial or cremation, others are looking into another option: body donation In short, this is the act of donating your body to science as opposed to being buried...
The Atlantis Reef sits approximately 52 km off the coast of the Florida Keys  This man-made reef was originally created in 2007 as a safe-haven for marine life in the wake of so many marine reef...
Often referred to as one of the most spectacular and interesting Balinese ceremonies, the “Ngaben,” or cremation, is a religious rite of Hindu descent, although it’s quite a bit different to...
Agricultural prosperity, Christian churches, and the City of the Dead attract tourists from all over Russia In North Ossetia, there is a village called Dargavs, which has a peculiar history behind it...
The Zoroastrians believe that death is evil triumphing over good and, once the body is dead, demons have the ability to contaminate the corpse  As the bodies could pollute everything due to their...