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Mourning and Celebration of Life in the Burial Rites of Igbo Culture

Today we explore how the tradition of dual burials in Igbo culture affects how life is memorialized and cherished

Funerals in Igbo culture — the culture of one of Africa’s largest ethnic groups — can be a time for both celebration and for mourning. With a life expectancy in the country extending just upwards of 54 years (as of … Continue reading

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The Chinchorro Created Mummies Thousands of Years Before the Egyptians

The ancient Chinchorro people from South America may have been the first to explore mummification

When most people hear the word mummification, they probably think of Ancient Egypt. They probably recall the Egyptian kings, their pyramids and their golden sarcophagi. But few people consider—or even know about—the Chinchorro people and their mummification practices. And why … Continue reading

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Celtic Dreamlands and Burial Rites

How Celts prepared for a wonderous afterlife in the otherworld

Although many cultures adorn the dead with material comforts like flowers, coffins, and well-pressed suits, these objects are generally meant to benefit those in grief. However, for the Celts, a society that spread across Europe and the British Isles from … Continue reading

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Traditional Burial Rites for the Maori

New Zealand’s indigenous people ensure that no one is alone during a burial

The Maori in New Zealand honor those who have died with a three-day burial rite, which is becoming less commonly practiced these days, called the Tangihanga or the Tangi. The process is held at a communal and sacred place known … Continue reading

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A Look into Baha’i Faith Burial Rites

And the Controversy that Surrounds them in Iran

The Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded in 19th-century Persia which emphasizes the spiritual unity of humankind. An estimated 5 to 6 million Bahá’ís live in more than 200 countries around the world. In recent years, there have been … Continue reading

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