Cremation rituals have been a part of human life since ancient times and they have become more widely accepted by a variety of religions around the world. There is evidence that people cremated bodies in China as early as 7000 B.C. It has been a common practice in ancient Greece and Scandinavia.
Today, many countries have various practices when it comes to cremation. Let us look at some of these bizarre cremation rituals.
Sati - India
Sati or Sutee is a Hindu funeral, which was very popular in the 80’s. The ritual dates back to 2nd century BC. During the ritual the widow immolates herself on her husband’s pyre or commits suicide shortly after her husband’s death. This ritual was prominent in during the British era in India, but today it is illegal since Queen Victoria banned it in 1861. Some believe it is still practiced in small rural villages.
Sky Burial in Tibet
Even though it is not considered a cremation ritual, the so-called Sky Burial with all of its bizarreness is in our list. This form of burial involves placing the body of the deceased on the mountain hills. The body is left exposed as the scavengers and birds feed on it. This way of cremation is believed to help for the easy departing of the soul, among the locals.
Professional mourning in China
China is one of the countries with the oldest cremation rituals. The rituals often involve various ceremonies before cremating and burying the dead. For example, the rich families in China often hire professional mourners since they are too busy in other arrangements. Usually they are young women and they are paid well for their mourning, not only by the family, but also by people who are too busy to attend the funeral.
In some cultures around the world, people do not simply accept that someone has lived and died, but their life is truly celebrated. Funerals from around the world can truly remind us that people grieve in different ways.