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The Evolution of After-Tears Parties in South Africa

More young people are bucking tradition and mourning loved ones in their own way

Traditions aren’t static. They constantly warp and evolve with every new generation. This is especially true in South Africa, as younger generations living in urban areas have adopted a brand new burial tradition: after-tears parties. An after-tears party is a time … Continue reading

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Kifudu Funeral Dance of the Giriama People

This African dance brings communities together to send spirits of loved ones to ancestral realms

The Giriama are an agricultural and hunter-gatherer sub-group of the larger Mijikenda ethnic group who live along the coast of Kenya. One of the distinguishing features of their cultural and spiritual life — and a main reason why they were able … Continue reading

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Preserving the Totem Poles of the Northwest

Clans indigenous to the Northwest Coast saw totem pole carving as a crucial end-of-life tradition

Their beautiful, intricate designs have made totem poles an icon of the Northwest Coast. Way before they graced the sides of planes and backs of tourism brochures, however, totem poles played an important role in the region’s indigenous end-of-life tradition. … Continue reading

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Traditional Inheritance and Burial Rites of the Maasai People

Traditional practices of ‘The Father’s Chest’ and Predator Burials in Maasai culture

For the Maasai people, death does not traditionally hold any secrets of the afterlife. Once an individual has passed, their journey has ended. All of their possessions and any of their sins are transferred to the loved ones who survive … Continue reading

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A Look at Japanese Funeral Practices

Cultural Traditions in a Country with Almost 100% Cremation Rate

Japan has the highest cremation rate in the world, over 99%, with some local governments even banning burials. Until after World War II, cremation was reserved for the rich, but once the cleanliness and efficiency of the practice were recognized, … Continue reading

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Remembering Life through Light

A look at this touching Jewish tradition

Hanukkah came to an end last night, marking the conclusion of eight consecutive nights of lighting candles. This is done in order to commemorate the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. While you’re probably familiar with this Jewish celebration, … Continue reading

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