Death around the world

Death around the world

Death. We all die, but the rituals, customs
and traditions that mark the end of life vary between places and cultures
throughout the world For example, during Mexico’s Day of the
Dead, families and friends honor the deceased by leaving their favorite food
and drink by their graves. It’s said on this public holiday, for 24
hours family members are reunited with the departed, unless that means the return of weird Aunt Susie. There’s plenty of dancing during the celebration but none quite like the
Tibetan skeleton dance, a sacred dance performed by Himalayan Buddhists that
represents the acceptance of one’s mortality. Many ritual skeleton dances
have never been seen by the public so they almost certainly look nothing like
this. Not to be outdone by the Tibetans, Ghanaian funerals
don’t only consist of a good boogie, they also include large public processions,
singing, huge feasts and of course you’ll often find people sobbing hysterically,
who’ve never met the departed because they’re professional mourners. It’s also
quite common to see funeral promotions on billboard’s, radio and TV. But who’s
interested in TV when you can livestream a funeral like the Brazilians. This
service has been available since the turn of the century and although it was
initially designed for individual families, it’s now become popular viewing
for total strangers, inevitably leading to the age-old debate over what to watch –
football or funeral? However when it comes to public engagement, Remembrance
Day and Memorial Day elicit the participation of hundreds of thousands,
even millions, remember those that died during military service by observing a
two-minute silence and wearing poppies. In North America they also have cemetery
decoration days, in addition to consuming traditional Memorial Day recipes but
when it comes to funeral food none do it quite like those in the American South. To celebrate the lives of those that have died with dishes like jambalaya,
tomato aspic and hearty casseroles. But the prize for the most interesting
food devoured at funerals go to those that actually eat the
deceased. Historically, tribes in Papua New Guinea and South America practice
endo-cannibalism as a final gesture of goodwill to the tribe and the family, as
they believed this forged a connection between the living and those that have
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Comments (4)

  1. not near "around the world"

  2. I found it interesting that North America has a flag pretty similar with the flag of the USA.

  3. Papua Nueva Guinea in South America? Isn't Oceania???

  4. dude, this is sad

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