rituals of deceased?

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rituals of deceased?

Post by IG Team » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:56 pm

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could some one inform me of what rituals take place after a geisha or anyone for that matter dies? :?


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Re: rituals of deceased?

Post by IG Team » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:57 pm

tsuru

I went to a funeral in August. They do differ by region. This one was in Yamagata.
There are 3 days for a funeral. The first when the person dies, and everyone is notified, second when the body is layed out and the third when it is cremated. There are subsequent ceremonies every 7 days and on the 49th day the deceased either gets to go to heven or hell.
Because many people live away from their hometowns now, participation in day 2-3 is expected, but not necessarily the rest. Day 3 people wear black.

On day 2, we went to see the body layed out in a funeral parlor where the immediate family were also staying. Some touched the face.
On the 3rd day friends and family attended the ceremony. There was a reception where people payed money then they went to sit in the parlour.
3 priests came in and prayed for the soul and when they left everyone lined up in a predetemined order and prayed with incense.... it differed according to area etc they held up the incense 2 or 3 times. The friends left the room and the family started putting flowers, letters and photos around the body. Then they all took turns nailing the coffing shut.
the body was then taken to a cremation hall and only the family went - all together in a bus. There were cups infront of the coffin and everyone changed the water and lit incense sticks and then watched the coffin being put into the cremation room.
about an hour and a half later the remains came out, everyone stood around the bones with very long chopsticks and like a japanese BBQ, took all the bones of the stone slab and put them into a box. Prior to that someone had taken out a neck bone that looks like buddah sitting, and also part of the jaw. Those 2 bones were put into a seperate box. Both boxes were covered in a gaudy gold brocade and then taken to the eldest sons house and put before the alter. All visitors light incense and ring the bell when they go there to pay their respects, and the family will do that automatically everytime they visit that family from now on... though the bones were put into the grave on the 49th day.

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