The Nikkō Tōshō-gū was of such significance that Imperial messengers and foreign delegates would pay their respects at the Nikkō shrine . Tokugawa Ieyasu’s funeral procession is reenacted every year. This is known as “Hyakumonozoroe Sennin Musha Gyorets” or “procession of a thousand warriors”
It’s possible that her unease at this part of the ceremony is related to the dislike which Westerners have about facing mortality, but it could also be that the reminder of the limitation of time made her shallow attempts at connecting with others seem ludicrous. When the funeral guests leave, they toss their black armbands into a fireplace. This further symbolism of letting go contradicts the internal tension of forcing
The enlarge incense pot represents the ritual of the Vietnamese culture in honoring the gods and the dead (Heim 367). Therefore, the worshipers who are taking a photo with the Buddha statue are capturing their time and respect at the temple, to have a memory of their reminiscent. Anello has photographed the Long Son Pagoda to represent the belief in Buddhism in the Vietnamese culture by capturing the worshipers and the Buddha
The children were dressed in a white cashmere robe. In the article Elaina Furst wrote “While the fashion code for mourners was quite detailed and extreme, the rules were quite the opposite for dressing the deceased”(Furst). This means that the dead got to wear more brightly colored clothing in the casket and the people mourning their death had to wear black or darkly colored
In China, a country with 5000 years history, the death ritual is the representation of almost whole Asian tradition. Normally, Chinese people believe in "Reincarnation", which means one's soul will reborn as another new life after completely forget his or her memory in the previous life. Therefore, to make sure the process to be a new life, the death rituals form. When a person died, his body will be place in coffin for 7 days since people believe one will only know his own death after 7 days. During these days, there will be a lot of performance to remember the passing people like funeral dance and a person singing "death song" for 3 days without any interruption.
The traditional Tibetan Buddhist funeral ritual is the Sky Burial, better known as "Jhator" in Tibetan. As Stupa burials and cremations are generally reserved for High Llamas who are being honored in death, Jhator is the ritual of the common man. First described in the Bardo Thodol, Jhator is believed to be more than just a funeral by the people of Tibet, but above all an act of compassion and generosity. Organized only at specific locations in the region or adjoining areas with Tibetan communities, the Drikung Thil Monastery located 150 kilometers east of Lhasa is one such famous Sky Burial site. So typically after death, the body of the deceased is generally left untouched for three days till the monks can arrive to perform the Sky Burial ritual.
One of the most important ceremonies was the tea ceremony. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea. Their birth ceremonies were when the mother took the baby to meet the god of the community. The mother hopes when she takes her baby there that the god will protect her baby. Marriage ceremonies are where the bride and the groom promise to live together, it was also a celebration.
The Buddhist festival of Vesak is celebrated on the day of full moon in May by Theravadin Buddhists (Robinson & Rodrigues, 2006, pg. 201). It commemorates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. On the day of Vesak, devotees go to the Buddhist temple to listen to the Buddha’s life story, to clean the statues of the Buddha, to make offerings of flowers, candles and incense, and abide by the Five Precepts (Fisher, 2008, pg. 168).
The families prepare hot chocolate, skull-shaped cakes, and honey to welcome them. It is believed that when the candle lights flutter, the dead have eaten the food. The next day, November 1st, is when the adult spirits would arrive. Showing close resemblance with the day before, families would provide a traditional feast to honor their arrival. Finally, on the last day, November 2nd, it is the official Day of the Dead.