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

NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans woman was memorialized with a "last party" at her funeral this week, complete with beer, menthol cigarettes and a disco ball, according to WGNO. Miriam Marie "Mae-Mae" Burbank passed away on June

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…

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