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
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  • Roy A.
    2 days

    Io f

  • Nick G.
    2 days

    Dead is dead make me into a tree idgaf I just hope death doesn’t suck as much as I think.

  • Mu N.
    2 days

    y’all do that too

  • Braya B.
    3 days


  • དོན་ བ.
    4 days

    Where is Sky burial that still being performed in Tibet?

  • Paul W.
    4 days

    It don't matter what happens to your body, only what happens to your spirit.

  • David K.
    4 days

    I don't know if you guys have heard about this but theres a start up company or something in Europe that has this thing where when you die your body is put into this bag like contraption attached to tree roots so when your body decomposes the tree absorbs all the nutrients from the decayed matter in the soil. I think that was pretty great

  • Brendon A.
    4 days

    Set me upon a burning log raft and send me out too sea when I die

  • Samuel T.
    7 days

    Those that belong to Christ Jesus,absent from the body is present with the Lord. In the Bible.

  • Olivia D.
    11/13/2019 02:50

    I need respect and flowers now after I be dead I don’t really care. 😂😂😂 Why my family have payments for my funeral? I don’t really want people coming to see me. My family and friends to remember the way I was.

  • Donald E.
    11/13/2019 00:57

    I like to be wrapped up in a dirt ball with a tree sapling to grow off me

  • Patrick X.
    11/13/2019 00:18

    We put you back to earth with a little tiny coffin home and we going to take your big home coffin...

  • Teresa R.
    11/12/2019 06:04

    this is pretty neat

  • Tony P.
    11/12/2019 05:03


  • Mi H.
    11/07/2019 06:28

    You guys spelled Tết wrong

  • Harry L.
    11/06/2019 18:33

    Im a Vietnamese, but I havent heard of these things before

  • Mary E.
    11/03/2019 20:05

    Cremation is barbaric to me. It seems cruel. I will rather a peaceful lay to rest in a grave and let nature take away the body slowly.

  • Cindy F.
    11/01/2019 17:54

    Some dig them up and sit them in a chair for a ritual of the dead, their well preserved

  • Brut
    11/01/2019 17:30

    These are the top three ways to have an eco-friendly funeral. ⚰️

  • أحمد أ.
    11/01/2019 13:35

    الحمد الله علي نعمة الاسلام