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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Secondary Burials of Berawan

Western society views funerary practices of non-westerners as odd, bizarre, and unnecessary. However, let's turn the tables and see what the Berawan think is so bizarre about American funerary practices.

Berawan secondary burials involves a sort of storage, if you will, of the remnants of the deceased above ground in a longhouse or upon a platform in the cemetery. The family of the dead will store the corpse in a valuable glazed jar or the coffin left over from the first stage. The entire process usually “lasts at least eight months and sometimes for several years if the close kin cannot immediately afford to complete the expensive final stages.”

Read the full story about the Bizarre Berawan secondary burial @Friends revolution.

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