Tag Archives: Hindu Death Rituals

Bathing Rituals Around the World

Cleaning the dead is a tradition that spans across cultures

Whether you’re observing a traditional Buddhist burial rite, or you’re watching the HBO series Six Feet Under, you might see someone methodically bathe a person who has died. In fact, the act of bathing the dead has existed as a tradition … Continue reading

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Shraddha: A Hindu Ceremony To Help Souls Enter The Next World After Death

Today we explore the ideology behind the Hindu Ceremony of Shraddha

For Hindus, Shraddha is a ceremony that must happen in order to ensure that the souls of their loved ones who have died will enter the next world safely and soundly. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word that means … Continue reading

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Balinese Funeral Ceremony

Part one of Bali’s intricate end-of-life ceremonies

Bali, one of 33 provinces in Indonesia, is not only an exotic tourist destination but also home to the majority of Hindus in that country—92% to be precise.  Along with this factoid comes a wealth of cultural knowledge that details … Continue reading

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Hinduism: How the World’s Oldest Religion Is Not, Strictly Speaking, a Religion

Hindu death rituals are carefully defined and lovingly observed

Every culture, and every person within that culture, has a different way of dealing with death. A different set of rules, beliefs, practices, personal and societal rituals, strategies for dealing with the inevitable trauma and equally inevitable aftermath. Hinduism, the … Continue reading

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