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  1 month ago

Rituals around death

I read an article, this morning, about Aboriginal actor, David Gulpilil. He has passed away, aged 68.

Many will remember him from the movies `Crocodile Dundee' and `Australia', but he was in many Australian made movies, over the years.

At the top of the article was a `warning' in very large type, so no-one could miss it.

It told the reader "This story contains the name and images of a deceased Indigenous person".

This isn't the first time I have seen this warning on Australian movies and television series.

Obviously, hearing the name or seeing the image of a deceased indigenous person, must be upsetting for Aborigines. I wonder why? I wonder if Aborigines ever talk about their lost ones in conversation, after the person is buried? Does anyone know?

It made me remember the time I visited an English church yard and many of the headstones there, had a skull or skull and crossed bones carved into them.

The Vicar of the church said that in times gone by, this was the normal practice and was a warning that no-one escapes death.

I think the only `tradition' I follow, relating to burials and death is that of wearing black to the funeral.

Are there any rituals around death that you know about, or follow?


  26 days ago
In the Maori culture, we feed the grave diggers seperately.
Also the gravediggers are usually family to the deceased.


  1 month ago
again tldr Reply


  1 month ago
We have quite a few rituals to follow and that we follow relating to burials and funerals. We wear white or cream while attending funerals or burials. And women in most castes in Hinduism do not go to cremation grounds. Only men do. And later the ashes are dispersed off in a river that's considered Holy with all the special rituals done and then pray for the departed soul. In Turkish culture, black is worn to the funerals. Both men and women go to burial ground. Then they all gather in the deceased house where men and women pray separately for the departed soul. Reply


  1 month ago
in a simple manner: Aboriginal souls are part of the universe and their tribe includes all animals and plants. It is my understanding that the dreamtime collects the body and soul of the deceased and they are no longer for public viewing as their spirits shouldn't be disturbed and it is necessary for them to rest easy within the spiritual dreamtime. They are such an old race and it's much more deep and complicated than Europeans can understand including me Reply


  1 month ago
I follow only the one about wearing darker clothing and being respectful at service and graveside. Other than that, no. Reply

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