Thursday, November 28, 2013

Grandma's Funeral - pt 8

And then we marched around grandma's temporary resting area three times.

Finally we departed the burial area with me, the oldest son of the oldest son holding some sort of bucket.  And when we were headed back to the farmhouse, this thing was sitting in front of the previous funeral pyre.
There "house in the sky" was being sent along to the afterlife with grandma and grandpa.


And then the family members had to march around this burning lot 3 times.
Earlier in the day, my aunts had gone through my grandma's closet and picked out her remaining clothes that were not to be buried with her and placed them in large bags.  Someone then took those (two) bags of clothes and tossed them into the raging pyre.  Clothes for the afterlife.
And that, was my grandma's funeral - but the shortened version.

During a break about 2/3 through the first day's 8 hour session, I was sitting and asking my Dad, "So Dad, are funerals like this in the countryside so complicated?"  He replied, "Oh no.  Your grandfather's was even more complicated than this."

6 comments:

  1. I am always in awe of diffferent cultures and customs and this is the first time I have ever seen or heard of such an elaborate funeral service. Thank you for sharing and of course my condolences to your family.
    Thems big shoes to wear, son of eldest son.

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  2. Fascinating.

    Never seen anything like that before.

    So... have you had the discussion with your parents if this is the kind of funeral they want???

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing and "reporting" on the events of your grandmother's funeral. It was fascinating. My condolences to you and your family as you mourn the physical loss of your grandma.

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  4. Wow. That was quite an experience. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing the tale. This will be quite the history to share with your son, as the oldest son of the oldest son of the oldest son.

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  5. Your posts on this have been fascinating - what an incredible ceremony and incredible traditions. Thank you so much for documenting this and sharing it with us all. Hugs to you and your family.

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  6. Condolences to you and your family - thank you so much for taking the time to share this, I found it very interesting - and that the traditions are still so strong in this day and age. Our son is Taiwanese, so this peek into the culture is very valuable.

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