Around the the world, there are cults and ceremonies for the dead that include elaborate funeral practices, ranging from spending $1,000’s to permanently preserve bodies that will be viewed, spoken-to, and prayed-over for just a few days with large stone obelisks and permanent memorials (US & Canada);
to Japan & China where there there are highly expensive and even more elaborate funerals, including dioramas of expensive cars, condos, bungalows, etc for the soul to enjoy, plus lifelong obligations of the 1’st son to create and maintain shrines (where families without sons actually adopt or marry the daughter off to a “son”, who changes his name to become the official “first son”;
to Peru where some families bring out the mummy to sit and eat with the family.
In Mexico, ex-pats often wonder what the 3 days of Dia de Los Muertos are about.
Here’s a fun video short that gives some insights into central Mexico’s views on the dead.
Enjoy, and maybe hoist one in honor of your ancestors and those who helped make you who you are.
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