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I need to write an essay on a certain religions or cultures death beliefs/practices but can’t find anything much! Does anyone have any ideas please???:frown:

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One really good one is mummies and Egypt. (add a fun fact about their mummy cats too)
Original post by amy_tan_2000
I need to write an essay on a certain religions or cultures death beliefs/practices but can’t find anything much! Does anyone have any ideas please???:frown:

Greetings. The link below contains a pdf of a full guide to Muslim burials which you can use for your essay:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.mfs.asn.au/uploads/1/3/7/8/13783065/a_guide_to_muslim_funerals.pdf&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwj0iNfEqLT2AhWsQEEAHYkkALgQFnoECAQQAg&usg=AOvVaw3TRGA-N2xf1be_q3MnYd0y
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You may want to look at the ethnography Consuming Grief, which discusses cannibalism as a form of mourning and funerary rite among certain Amazonian tribes. I believe the Fore people of Papua New Guinea had similar practices.

That said you may want to be careful with such loaded terms as "interesting" when describing cultural practices - it can lead to quite orientalist thinking, othering those practices and just considering them as academic novelties only, as opposed to core cultural practices and belief systems for those peoples.
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Tibetan sky burial.
Maybe the old ritual in India for Hindus. Where if a mans dies their wife is killed
Original post by amy_tan_2000
I need to write an essay on a certain religions or cultures death beliefs/practices but can’t find anything much! Does anyone have any ideas please???:frown:

Hi there

This article may be useful: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/3103012/chinese-funeral-clothing-what-people-wear-lavish

It took me quite a while to find it but I found it highly useful when doing a Q similar to yours :smile:
Original post by amy_tan_2000
I need to write an essay on a certain religions or cultures death beliefs/practices but can’t find anything much! Does anyone have any ideas please???:frown:

hey u can write about hinduism and how they believe ur atman (soul) stays with u and that u should burn the body . Also we use salt (sodium chloride) to remove the negative energy we get from people and it actually helps :smile: so u can research about that .
Original post by amy_tan_2000
I need to write an essay on a certain religions or cultures death beliefs/practices but can’t find anything much! Does anyone have any ideas please???:frown:

Hi you can write about Islam and how there is life after death known as “Akhirah” . And that the death of a person is decided by Allah and when a Muslim dies they stay in their grave until Yawm al-din Day of Judgement.
Muslims also attend a funeral prayer called Salaatul Janaazah in respect for the deceased body held by the local Muslim Community asking for Allah blessings and mercy. But before that they wash the body and wrap up with white cloth. And the body is faced towards Mekkah the holy birth city in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 of our Prophet Muhammad (Sawm).
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z6mhgk7/revision/3
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zphhw6f/revision/4
https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/funerals/10-muslim-funeral-traditions.htm
https://zamzam.com/blog/life-after-death-in-islam/
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Original post by Popsdonut
hey u can write about hinduism and how they believe ur atman (soul) stays with u and that u should burn the body . Also we use salt (sodium chloride) to remove the negative energy we get from people and it actually helps :smile: so u can research about that .

It's less that it 'stays with you', and more that the ātman is you.
Christianity
Original post by mystudentlife
Maybe the old ritual in India for Hindus. Where if a mans dies their wife is killed

well that's bs mate
Original post by the.cricketer
well that's bs mate


Idk if u mean bs as in not true or bs as in its stupid. But yeh it defo happened until Britain took over and ended the ritual
Original post by mystudentlife
Idk if u mean bs as in not true or bs as in its stupid. But yeh it defo happened until Britain took over and ended the ritual

Sati was about ritual suicide, so it is a little misleading to say that the women 'were killed'.
zoroastrians leave bodies in towers (called towers of silence) exposed to the sun + scavengers to avoid tainting the earth, which is really interesting bc it contrasts with traditional abrahamic burial practices, even though it's considered to have been a major influence on islam/christianity/judaism in other ways
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Original post by mystudentlife
Idk if u mean bs as in not true or bs as in its stupid. But yeh it defo happened until Britain took over and ended the ritual

Well you can't really call it a Hindu practise cos it was never mentioned in any of the earliest scripture. It was a cultural issue at the time
Original post by the.cricketer
Well you can't really call it a Hindu practise cos it was never mentioned in any of the earliest scripture. It was a cultural issue at the time

Well, there is an assumed Rgvedic justification, but it might hinge on a mistranslation (I think it probably does). There is also an apparent interpolation in the Mahabharata which has Madri's demise by sati. It is cited approvingly in the 7CE Viṣṇu Smṛti. It is also mentioned n the daśakumāracarita. So you are right that it is cultural, but religion exists within culture, and so it takes on aspects of said culture. To this end, it was to some degree a primarily 'Hindu' practice.
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Original post by the.cricketer
Well you can't really call it a Hindu practise cos it was never mentioned in any of the earliest scripture. It was a cultural issue at the time


I think it was religion, cus muslim Indians didn’t practice it
the korowai tribe!! again to do with cannibalism but it’s very interesting
Original post by gjd800
Sati was about ritual suicide, so it is a little misleading to say that the women 'were killed'.


Lol I jus remember watching a bollywood drama and the woman was thrown into the fire. I think that kind of influenced my opinion. Haha but thanks

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