4 Funeral Rites Around the World

When you die, do you want to be buried? Cremated? Or something entirely different? These are four unique funeral rites around the world.

Guidelines for celebrating the dead

Here are 4 unique funeral rites from around the world.

Exhumation - For some communities in northern Vietnam, this rite allows the soul of the deceased to enter the afterlife. Bones are the shelter for the deceased’s soul and spirit, so they must be reburied in a suitable tomb. The ceremony takes place 3 or 4 years after the deceased’s burial, typically taking place before Tết (the lunar New Year).

Turning of the bones - During the southern winter, from July-October, some Malagasy communities also carry out an exhumation. This sacred ritual called famadihana is one of the most common in Madagascar. During the ritual, the deceased travels from the land of the dead to the land of the ancestors. The body is exhumed and wrapped in a new shroud. This is a way for the living to have a connection to the dead. It’s a kind of homage to the memory of the deceased. Even though the dead are no longer beside them, the living still believe that they are cold, and need to be covered, and they remain by their side until night falls. The body then follows a procession that ends in a large celebration.

Burial - It is prescribed by the 3 major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Burials are seen as a way to protect the body and the dignity of the deceased. In many cultures, burials are linked to the belief in life after death. It is even considered a requirement to enter Heaven. 100,000 years ago, human beings were already burying their dead. This practice spread as communities settled in one place.

Cremation - In the Hindu religion, cremation is meant to liberate the soul of the deceased, freeing it for reincarnation. The deceased is placed on a stretcher over a large pyre. The ashes are then thrown in the Ganges, or in another body of water. Being very expensive, cremation on the banks of the Ganges is reserved for certain castes in Indian society.


11/01/2019 11:57 AM


  • James A.
    03/12/2020 21:43

    No gloves or even hand where's the buffet?

  • Jane A.
    03/12/2020 20:09


  • Floyd B.
    03/12/2020 18:04

    When I die I want to be put in a cryogenic chamber and shot out into space

  • Floyd B.
    03/12/2020 18:03

    When I die I want to be put into a cryogenic chamber and shot out into space

  • Marcia B.
    03/11/2020 19:28

    In a blink of an eye my soul will leave my body. My last breath , I’ll be with the Lord. My body will be cremated. Put me in a Chock full o’ Nuts can and bury me on top of my husband. Who is in a beautiful coffin , in a family plot. So I need to be cremated to fit in !!! But by then I would have seen the Glory !!!

  • Joanna T.
    03/11/2020 02:57

    Why no gloves, you don't know what kinda diseases are in there

  • Bob C.
    03/09/2020 14:17

    All of this not true. No after life ,,

  • Jesse E.
    03/09/2020 11:06

    one way to reuse a coffin

  • Allan C.
    03/08/2020 04:48

    Why they don't eat breakfast too with the deceased lol.

  • Frederica F.
    03/06/2020 16:43

    Cremated, alot cheaper, don't want a funeral either!

  • Ryan O.
    03/05/2020 17:13

    It won't matter to me I'll be dead

  • Dodridge M.
    03/05/2020 12:59

    To each his own🙏

  • Catrena B.
    03/05/2020 04:12

    I'm a donor so a lot of my parts will hopefully go to people to save their life and I don't know what they do after that but I rather be cremated

  • Rafael L.
    03/04/2020 22:01


  • Sopha G.
    03/04/2020 19:08

    I want my body to be cremated and sprinkles my ashes in the ocean. LOL

  • Bronson G.
    03/04/2020 02:17


  • Barbara L.
    03/03/2020 20:45

    Interesting to learn what others do to their dead.

  • Chris M.
    03/03/2020 17:21

    I want my body thrown out of a helicopter in downtown in Phoenix.

  • Sue M.
    03/03/2020 16:26

    I will never do that job, I don’t want Ghost to haunt me ....

  • John J.
    03/02/2020 05:54

    I always say that they can take my sorry remains, and use anything they can. Then whatever is left they can burn, bury or throw out in the desert for coyote food. It won't matter to me because I won't be here. I will be well on my way to whatever awaits me.

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