Mourning and Burial Practices


Pg 131- white robes of mourning are worn, visitprs arrive to pay respects, women remove shoes to respect the dead, bodies are wrapped in white perfumed robes and placed on a funeral bed called anangrheb. bed is covered by a bhirish (white burial shroud) and put in a hut where people can come to pay their respects. At sunset the body is carried to a graveyard (it is customary to be buried on the day of death) by the men.

Pg 132- Women run after the casket and try to touch it for the last time as it is carried toward the burial site. The body is lowered into the grave by the bhirish. People are expected to remain in mourning for forty days and forty nights.

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