Most Unusual Types Of Funerals From All Over The World

Asia is a melting pot of cultures and religions, of different practices and faiths. When it comes to funerals, it also differs from one culture to the next.

Hindu and Christian funeral servicesare the most common religious funeral services offered in Asia and also in other continents. Burial practices do vary and some funeral rites being carried out in certain countries, tribes or religion differ so much from what we are used to. There are other places and cultures that practice their funeral rites in respect to the dead, which others may find unusual since not many people are aware of such customs. What are the most unusual types of funeral across other continents? How does one funeral practice differ from what we are used to?

1. Sky burials

Tibetan Buddhists perform "Sky burials", which involves the practice of ritual dissection. They do not bury their dead but instead, give the parts of their remains for bird feed on a mountaintop. Feeding the remains of the dead to wild animals sounds a bit disgusting and disrespectful to the dead. But to the Buddhists, this practice is in line with their perspective that the physical body becomes an empty vessel after someone dies. Instead of an inhumane act, they see it as an sign of kindness by sustaining the life of another by feeding the body to them. Sky burials are often the preferred funeral rite in Qinghai and Inner Mongolia, too.

2. Famadihana

Famadihana, or also known as Dancing with the dead or Turning of the Bones, is the Malagasy way of burying the dead in Madagascar. What makes this type of funeral bizarre than most is that they bury their dead more than once. The Malagasy people unearth the bodies of their ancestors, replace their wrap cloths with fresh ones, and dance with them to live music. For them, Famadihana is how they remember their departed and loved ones. After they have danced and carried the bodies around the village, they bury them right back in their tombs.

3. Fantasy coffins

People in Ghana get creative when it comes to funerals. They bury their dead in decorated and painted coffins to represent the person that has passed away. They decorate it with what represent their work or what they loved during their lifetime.

4. Aboriginal body exposure

There are many ways Australian Aboriginals deal with their dead. One of the more funeral practices is in the process of body exposure. They leave the body on a raised platform, which they cover with branches and leaves. They leave the body on the platform for several months until it has fully decomposed. They return to it and reclaim the bones, which they paint with red ochre. Sometimes, the relatives carry the bones around for months or they place the remains in a cave.