neilwood32 wrote in post #11293434
Not to generalise but in western society, funerals are generally a sad event mourning the life that has passed whereas in certain eastern cultures it can be seen as a celebration of a life lived.
This is true Neil.
I've been to a few Theravada Buddhist funerals here in Laos and from what I've seen the dead aren't mourned in the truest sense, but the life of the deceased is celebrated..
The ones I've been to are almost have a carnival atmosphere.. There is no out pouring of grief, this is done privately..
Buddhist funerals are a truely amazing sight.. The deceased will lie in state (covered in a pyre) for as long as eight days in the family home until a monk or shaman says its time.. The body can't be left alone at any time.. Family members will stay at his/her side 24/7.. People come and go at any time day or night to pay respects.. Food and drink are offered, card games are played, almost party like..
The deceased is transported (in the pyre) to the temple on the back of a truck in a procession through the streets.. Loud music is played.. The mourners (women) wear white..
Food, drink and candles are placed near the funeral pyre.. Two or three rockets are fired into the pyre and up it goes in smoke with coloured smoke and fireworks.. Talk about going out with a bang..
To Phils question,, the last one I went to was for an important person.. I noticed two individual video guys and a heap of stills shooters..