7 Bizzare Burial Rituals Across The Globe: Know How Different Countries Bid Goodbye To Dead Ones!
Death and bereavement is a part of human development. Individuals react differently to the death of their loved ones. Some people die a natural death while others unpredictably leave us. Hence, grieving and saying goodbye to a loved one is extremely important and is also considered healthy. It helps us move on and yet keeps them alive in our memories in every possible way.
There are broadly two ways to bid farewell to the departed- burial and cremation. Different religions and different countries believe in different beliefs. Here are a few peculiar and offbeat burial and cremation rituals that you might never have heard of.
Antyeshti is a Sanskrit word which means, “The last sacrifice”. It is also referred to as antim sanskar, antya kriya, or vahni sanskara. The body is carried by four people on their shoulders to the cremation ground by the banks of a river accompanied by family and friends.
The feet of the person face south. Then, preferably the eldest son or a male griever offers dry wood to the body, recites a hymn, and places sesame seeds and rice in the mouth of the dead person.
An earthen pot is filled with water and a hole is made in it. The lead griever circles around the body and breaks the pot near the head. The body is then set on fire. The ceremony is completed when the priest pierces the skull with a stake to release the spirit.
After the ceremony, the burnt ashes are collected and these ashes are offered into the Ganges or the nearest river or sea. This ceremony is called “Asthi visarjan”.
Jade Burial Suit, Han Dynasty, of China
A jade burial was performed when a member of the royal family died. The jades that were used to make the tomb were usually rectangular or square however, archeologists found some tombs with triangular and rhombic jades too.
It was a very expensive burial and hence the royal families could afford such an extravagant burial. It took several years and a lot of labor to make one such tomb for the royal family.
According to the book of Later Han, a different kind of thread was used to bury different people. For instance, the gold thread was used for the tomb of an emperor. A silver one was used for the princes, princesses, and dukes of the court. The sons and daughters of price and princesses were given a copper thread and the artists and other men of the court were given a silk thread.
Sky burial, Tibet
Sky burial is a burial ritual performed in Tibet. It is quite disturbing and yet an intriguing sort of burial. In this, the corpse is brutally dragged to a mountain, chopped into pieces, and then thrown into a d