Death is not the end

Fascinating funeral traditions
from around the globe

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Germany

Explore death beliefs in different German Eras: Paganism, Medieval folklore, World War II, and even modern corpse tourism and funeral cakes.

Canada

Learn about fascinating death practices of the Métis and First Nation peoples of Canada such as tea dances, pit burials, mortuary totem poles.

Mexico

Joins us while we learn more about the origins, offerings, food, music and art of the Mexican the Day of the Dead, the Día de Muertos!

Brazil

From the Yanomami human soup and Wari’ cannibalism to Brazilian Candomblé rites, we explore the origins and purpose of these death practices!

Australia

Discover Aboriginal death customs, including ‘sorry business’ and avoidance practices! Also check out modern Australian funeral options.

Cuba

Join us while we visit Cuba, learn more about religious syncretism, Santería practices and socialist funerals, including Fidel Castro’s!

Discover the world funeral traditions

Funeral rites, burial traditions and death customs are as much about death as they are about life.

These ceremonies are full of symbolism, allow for the living to come to terms with their loss but also celebrate the life of the deceased. Finding culturally appropriate ways to express grief is something most of us have to experience in our life. It is, thus, essential to be prepared for our own inevitable death or the loss of a loved one.

We at Myend think that we can learn a lot about ourselves by getting acquainted with how various cultures around the world deal with the death of their loved ones, try to find positive meaning through their loss, as well as prepare for their own end.

Overview of Culture stories

Argentina

Explore Argentina and learn about death folk saints and 19th century indigenous funeral rites, including human sacrifice and canoe burials!

Australia

Discover Aboriginal death customs, including ‘sorry business’ and avoidance practices! Also check out modern Australian funeral options.

Brazil

From the Yanomami human soup and Wari’ cannibalism to Brazilian Candomblé rites, we explore the origins and purpose of these death practices!

Canada

Learn about fascinating death practices of the Métis and First Nation peoples of Canada such as tea dances, pit burials, mortuary totem poles.

China

Learn more about the Chinese Folk Religion and its effect on burial traditions, the importance of ancestors as well as the Terracotta Army.

Cuba

Join us while we visit Cuba, learn more about religious syncretism, Santería practices and socialist funerals, including Fidel Castro’s!

Denmark

Did Vikings burn Longboats during funerals? We have the answer to this any many other questions about both Viking and Danish death practices!

Egypt – Modern Death Practices

Find out about present-day Egypt’s City of a Thousand Minarets as well as the City of the Dead, and listen to the echoes of ancient rituals!

France

Explore the mysterious Catacombs of Paris and learn about the food traditions of Brittany, as well as the French Grim Reaper, L’Ankou!

Germany

Explore death beliefs in different German Eras: Paganism, Medieval folklore, World War II, and even modern corpse tourism and funeral cakes.

Ghana

Learn more about the Fantasy Coffins of Ghana, as well as funeral dressing etiquette and various rituals and beliefs of different tribes!

Greece

Learn about Ancient Greek funerals, the beliefs and rituals behind them, as well as how they relate to modern Greek customs and superstitions.

Greenland

Explore the Arctic vastness of Greenland and learn more about indigenous Inuit death beliefs, as well as the mysterious suicide clusters.

India

Explore the holy city of Varanasi, its cremation ghats and learn more about Hindu funerals and the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Mumbai.

Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago is home to dozens of mortuary customs including, Balinese cremation, Javanese acceptance and even smoked mummies!

Indonesia – Tana Toraja

Tana Toraja is home to many fascinating death rituals: from animal sacrifices, cave and tree burials to exhumating and parading the dead!

Iran

Explore Iran and read about Persian funeral customs ranging from ancient Zoroastrian Towers of Silence to modern Shiite Muslim traditions!

Italy

From ancient Rome to medieval southern Italy, join us while we learn more about old death practices and modern Italian Catholic funerals!

Madagascar

Visit Madagascar and learn why locals dance with their dead during Famadihana! And if that’s not enough, we also explore a pirate cemetery!

Mexico

Joins us while we learn more about the origins, offerings, food, music and art of the Mexican the Day of the Dead, the Día de Muertos!

Netherlands

Did you know about the ancient megalithic tombs Hunebedden? Or about euthanasia in the Netherlands? For these and much more, look no further!

Nigeria

Explore Nigeria, while investigating Igbo’s second burial, learning more about Islamic Hausa death rites and Yoruba notions of good death.

Oman

Join us while we explore Oman and Mu Ghayeb, a death custom of sorcery, denial and coping with grief that as a result raises the dead!

Papua New Guinea

Explore Papua New Guinea and its tribal death practices: From witch hunts to cannibalism-caused brain disease, get ready for a wild adventure!

Peru

Did the Inca sacrifice humans? How has the coronavirus changed Catholic funerals in Peru? In this post we answer these and more questions!

Philippines

Join us for our journey in Sagada, where we learn about the Hanging Coffins, and in Manilla where we spent a night in the North Cemetery!

Romania

Romania offers very alternative death customs, a Merry Cemetery and a Royal funeral for the King of Gypsies. Let’s explore them together!

Russia

Explore Russian Christianity, but also fascinating folk superstitions on death but also, Buddhism, including a monk that died mid-meditation!

South Korea

South Korea has a rich history of Shamanism and Confucianism that defined its death rites, but did you know about its modern death industry?

South Sudan

What is a ghost marriage? And what is the cultural role of beer at funerals? Find out with our article on death practices in South Sudan!

Sudan

Visit the mysterious Nubian Pyramids and learn more about ancient Kush burial practices as well as modern Islamic funeral customs in Sudan!

Sweden

Explore the Shamanic death practices of the Sami people and learn more about modern Swedish funerals and their approaches towards death!

Thailand

Theravada Buddhism defines Thai death practices including funeral pyres and cremation volumes, but what role does Thai animism play in death?

Tibet

Explore Tibet and its Bon and Buddhist funeral customs, including celestial burials. Finally, learn about their hierarchy of death practices!

Uganda

Ugandans follow a variety of funeral traditions: beliefs of good death, alternative forms of grief for suicides and even funerals for twins!

USA – Modern Funerals

Join us on our road trip through the US, while we learn about Jazz Funerals, outdoors cremation, drive-thru funerals and America’s Blue Zone!

USA – Native Americans

Learn more about Native American death practices, Hawaiian clean burials in hidden caves, and have a glimpse at a Early Settler’s funeral!

Wales – United Kingdom

Explore the Welsh countryside and learn about 19th century death flower superstitions, omens and the fascinating profession of sin-eaters!