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Strange burial rituals from around the world

Nina NordNina Nord

Malagasians, who live on the island of Madagascar, sometimes danced with the spirits of their dead beloveds. According to ancient legend, the spirit of the dead returns as soon the corpse decomposes. So, the second dance happens seven years after burial.

In Tibet, where the climate is harsh, funerals are virtually impossible. But the wise people of Tibet have found a way to send the deceased on their last journey - they cut through the body into pieces and sprinkle them with flour.

This is an ideal dish for eagles, and according to Tibetan belief only in this way the soul returns to nature. According to the Tibetans, your body does not matter, it's just the vessel, where the soul is stored temporarily.

In the Indian province Torayya a funeral is like a wedding. There is a huge amount of banquet guests, as well as singing and dancing. This gets pretty steep relatives of the deceased, so friends give them some time to be able to raise the necessary funds.

At that time. the deceased is lying, wrapped in a sheet in the house because tradition does not allow them to be buried before the party took place.

It can take years, and in that time his relatives treat him as ill and talk with him every day. After the holiday, a coffin with the body is placed in a natural hole in the rocks.

In the U.S., where cremation is common, the deceased can be converted into a diamond. As we know from physics, a diamond is carbon, and it is contained in large quantities in ash. The price of this diamond is from 3 to 20 thousand dollars.

Among the most bizarre burial rites is self- mummification. This is achieved with a special diet that leads to death and mummification.

This practice is common in Japanese Buddhist monks who are called Sokushinbutsu. The appalling diet starts with nuts and fruits to get rid of body fat, which leads to severe stomach pain.

The second stage, which lasts one thousand days involves that every day, several times, one causes vomiting and dehydration of the body. Drink tea and eat the roots of plants.

The third stage is the shortest – the monk closes himself in a stone coffin in the lotus position and expects death. Every day, he strikes a bell, to alert other monks that is still alive.

The day when the monks do not hear ringing, they bury the coffin and wait one thousand days. Then open the coffin to confirm successful mummification.

Indians practice Sansara, which is a 13 day abstinence from food. It is practiced by Jaina - people who think they should not harm any living thing in this world.

Sansara started when someone decided that to achieve their goals in life and is ready for spiritual purification. Not everyone in India approves this practice, it is believed that this is a form of suicide. However, when someone tries to dissuade Sansara practitioner, it could cost him his expulsion from the society.