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Unusual death and funeral rituals

Strange Funeral Rituals From Around The World

King of England funeral masks at Tower of London

Owned by the City of New Orleans, Holt Cemetery was established in 1897 as a potter’s field for the poor. The agreement with the city is for the $ 450 cost of each burial, each funeral plot is free for a family to use as long as they want & as long as the holders maintain their own plot. A multiple burial is allowed after one year plus a day following the preceding burial. Because the water table in New Orleans is high, grave diggers only dig 4 ½ feet down.

Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs from Around the World by Lisa Rogak

Funeral Home Advertising Thermometer - circa 1940s

Dr. King's Children Viewing his Body for First Time at the Funeral, April, 1968 | The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

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 site.

Queen Victoria died almost exactly 112 years ago. Here is her funeral procession at Windsor