Been to funerals lately, and i was wondering about different customs all over the world.
I will describe the one we have, it is mostly Islamic burial, with hints of Indian Culture.
When a person dies, the body is usually in the ground within 14 hours.
When a person dies, the body is brought home. We get a washing a table (all mosques have them) and person who is trained accomponies to wash the bodies. (I have been trained)
The body is then wrapped in white cotton unstitched cloth. We use 3 pieces for the wrapping of men, and 5 pieces for the wrapping of women.
(not strict, no. of cloths can vary, but this is recomended.)
The complete body is wrapped in cloth, only the face is left open, the body is then moved to a common room of the house, where people can view the body.
The neighbours open their houses for the amount of people visiting to see the body, and they also prepare food for the house of the deceased, and tea for the visitors.
The body is kept in the open for a few hours, 2-3 hours. In this time, the visitors visit the body, and and talk with family members.
The face is then covered and the body is placed in a Janazah ( I do not know the English word for it)
It is a metal casing for us to carry the body, with 4 handles.
Its like a coffin, but this is does not go in the ground, only for carry the body to the graveyard, and is reusable. Again this is present in the Mosques as well.
We place the body in the Janazah, and carry it to the Graveyard.
It is done by people carrying the Janazah on the shoulder, it is highly recomended to give shoulder to thr desceased, and majority of the men in the congregation do it.
If the graveyard is far, we have an ambulance that is place 1-2 km away, and the body is carried to the ambulance. The ambulance then drives to the graveyard.
Upon reaching the graveyard, there is a mosque where we have a 5 mins prayer.
Then we take the body to the burial site. The graveyard has already been informed, and they have dug the site, about 5-6 feet deep.
2 people go inside the hole, and the people outside help to remove to remove the body from the Janazah, and hand it to the two people inside, and they lay the body down.
We use a jute mat to cover the body, and then we start filling the hole with mud, by our hands. The graveyard has provided with a few workers with shovels, who help speed up the process.
The body decomposes within a 10 months, and the burial site is reusable within a year.
There is no funeral organization that helps us in doing this, the parents bring the young ones (8-15) along to educate them in the process, and knowledge is passed down in this manner.
The only financial cost is paying the graveyard for the location, which is very cheap. The only legal formality is filing a death certificate from the local police station and giving to the graveyard before they allow burial.
It is frowned upon to keep the body from being burried.
It is also frowned upon to have an autopsy.
But if the local law requires it, we comply.
I’d like to hear about different systems from across the globe.
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