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Category: Funeral Traditions


The Western Front

Remembrance Day, November 11, was particularly poignant this year, August 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, or The Great War as it was then known. So many young...


Père Lachaise Cemetery

In Europe an interest in cemeteries is not considered morbid or unnatural, for they contain the mortal remains of some of the most famous people in history. The most famous of the French cemeteries...


Thai Funeral Traditions

The majority of Thai people are Buddhist and have traditionally preferred burial. However land is getting scarce in some places, particularly on island communities. As in China, it is customary for monks to be...


Chinese Funeral Traditions

We are all familiar with the Ancient Egyptian practice of entombing servants with their Pharaoh to serve  him in the afterlife. A similar practice was done by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of...


European Funeral Traditions

Some of the earliest tombstones I have seen are the ones of some Roman soldiers on the island of Inismor in the Aran Island group, Ireland. In early Christian times, some remains were placed in...


Funeral Traditions Around the World

I have always found it fascinating to discover the different attitudes and practices regarding death and funerals. Cemeteries do not hold any fears for me, rather, they are places of awe and reverence as...