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Family Turns Mother's Funeral Into "Party," Has Corpse Hold Menthol

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Because the funeral arrangements are so expensive, a body is sometimes placed in a temporary coffin. During this time, the family accumulates the necessary funds to pay for a proper funeral. Once the funds are raised, so is the dead. The Toraja genuinely believe that the dead are able to walk themselves to their new burial site. What we are seeing depicted in the picture is that the somewhat mummified corpse is removed from its temporary coffin and transported upright to the permanent…

from BBC News

Week in pictures: 17-23 March 2012

Huge crowds gathered in the Egyptian capital for the funeral of Coptic Pope Shenouda III, who died on Saturday. A service was held at St Mark's Cathedral before the Christian's leader's body was taken for burial at St Bishoy monastery in the Nile Delta.

from the Guardian

Sugar skulls and sacrifice: Damien Hirst and Mexico's death culture – in pictures

'The Day of the Dead is celebrated at the beginning of November. Families welcome the souls of the deceased by laying petals, candles and offerings inside and outside their homes and all the way to their local cemeteries. It is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity – an abundant maize harvest – or misfortune – illness, accidents, financial difficulties – upon their families depending on how satisfactorily these rituals are executed'

Tools for the "Opening of the Mouth" ceremony. This rite reanimated the deceased or animated a statue so that it could eat, breathe, see and hear. 2465–2150 B.C. Egypt