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Worldwide Funerals

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Kyra Abel

on 10 May 2011

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Funerals in the Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Buddhist Religions Christian Funerals At Christian funerals, the body is either cremated or buried. Most often, they choose burial of the deceased. At the service, a priest will pray for the soul of the dead, and they will say the Lord's Prayer. The Christians believe in Heaven, and say prayers of thanksgiving for the dead so that God might accept their souls into His Great Kingdom. The picture below shows what the most traditional Christian coffins look like. Hindu Funerals Unlike Christians, Hindus almost always pick cremation. This video clip will give you a view of what a Hindu cremation and service are like. There is often a small ceremony at home with just the immediate family, so they have some time alone before they go to temple. The funerals can get fairly large, up to 1,000 people. Islamic Funerals In the Islamic faith, cremation is forbidden. Instead, the dead are buried so that their head is toward Mecca, the sacred city of Islam. Their is a special grieving ceremony afterwards for family and friends. Often, if the deceased lived in America, the name of the person in both Arabic and English on the headstone, for mourners who are not Muslim. It is very important that the head faces toward Mecca. If not, it is seen as an insult to Islam. Jewish Funerals As in Islam, cremation and embalming are forbidden by Jewish law. They believe it is rather like covering the face of the soul as well as the body. When a Jew is buried, a prayer is said to God in the hope He will accept the soul of the deceased into Heaven. The gravestone often has the star of David on it, like in the picture below, if the family wishes it to be more personnal. Buddhist Funerals In the Buddhist religion, the dead are believed to be called by Buddha to serve in keeping the order of the world in a sort of reincarnation. They, like the Christians, will either bury or cremate their dead. In the video, you will see family members praying at an alter, and what the coffin looks like. Universals of Culture The universals of culture that are most related to my iSearch topic are World View and Religion, and Arts, Play and Recreation. World View and Religion pertains to the afterlife beliefs and the rituals of each of the funerals in the religions I chose to study. Arts play and recreation can be seen in and artwork used for the funeral ceremony, coffins, or urns for who are cremated. There may be words, pictures, and/or portraits as well added to the tomb or final resting place of the deceased. Introduction The topic I chose for iSearch was Funerals in Many Religions. I got interested in this subject because in many of the books I read, secondary characters die. I wanted to find out how many of the ceremonies the authors use are real, or are based on real funerals. My Info Search The first thing I did to find information was Google funerals in different cultures and religions. The order I researched the funerals in is the order they will come in. The first thing I got was Wikipedia on Funerals. I used it to get to other sites that might help. The site I found most useful was The Well-Planned Funeral.com. It had information on all five of the religious funerals I was researching. The videos I've used are from YouTube. Conclusion The five funerals I have told you about today are Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Buddhist. There are certain similarities and differences between all these death ceremonies. Christians, Muslims, and Jews mainly bury their dead. Hindus and Buddhists, however, often prefer cremation. For any religion, the release of the soul is very important. My research and personnal experience has taught me that.
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