Life and death are the part of the nature. And to do away with the bodies of the one who have ceased to live is also a tradition of the world. But there are different funeral cultures and rituals in different parts of the world that are often wired but quite interesting.
Here is the list of the top 10 weird and bizarre funeral traditions in the world that are practiced by different religions or cultures:
One of the most bizarre funerary traditions in the world is Famadihana, which is the tradition offered by the Malagasy people of Madagascar. This is the tradition exactly opposite to the proverb, Rest in Peace. After being buried the dead bodies of their relatives, these people dig out the remains of them by digging out their bodies at regular intervals and rewrap them in the fresh clothes. Afterward, they dance with the body around the tomb on music and rebury them.
9. Tree Bound
Another bizarre funeral tradition in the world is the tree bound which is followed by the people who are atheist, and do not follow any tradition and culture. They simply tie the dead bodies to the ancient trees that are found around the villages. It is believed that by doing this, the dead always remain alive in the hearts of people even after their death.
8. Suspended Burials
Another mysterious and the ancient ritual that is followed by the people of Chinese Gong Xian County. This tradition involves the hanging of the coffins on the high cliffs so that their beloved ones remain close to the sky. This makes the corpuses closer to heaven. It is believed that hanging the coffins above the sky would help their loved ones to get respectable positions in front of God.
7. Mass Scavenging
This tradition is practiced by the indigenous people of North America. This ritual involves the throwing of the dead bodies in the pit of the village so that wild animals feed on them. This disposal helps the dead ones live in only one form in the real world and in this way; they have no belongings in the world not even their own bodies.
6. Divulging Dead to Vultures
Next tradition is practiced by the Parsi community that lives in Mumbai. This tradition involves the cleansing and bathing the dead bodies and then setting them up on the towers of their religious temples so that the vultures can eat up the dead bodies. This tradition also carries the same idea of the mass scavenging so that the dead ones survive only in the single form in the hereafter.
This bizarre tradition is still being practiced by the Hindu community. This involves the setting of the wood platform and then setting the dead body to fire. Then the incinerated body is filled in the jar and then disposed into the River Ganges.
This tradition is derived from the Idea of Sati. This ritual is being practiced in the areas of South Pacific Island which involves the strangulation or killing of the near or dear ones of the one being ceased. The idea behind this tradition is that the dead ones should not be left in the new world and must be accompanied by their loved ones.
Rarely practiced in the modern world, Cannibalism is the tradition that involves the feast celebrated upon the deceased person and the relatives of the dead ones gather around the body to fire them in order to make the body edible.
2. Sky Burial
The one of the most inhumane treatment of the bodies is the Sky burial that involves the ritual dissection of the dead bodies into small pieces and exposing it to the mountaintop to feed into the birds and animals.
Sati is the most ancient and the bizarre tradition that involves the killing of the women on the death of their husbands. This ritual is rarely practiced now-a-days by Hindus and some other cultures.