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Japanese fake ash scattering tourism

  Before starting this blog I never thought I would write that as a sentence and even since I still think it is different. Japanese are now taking more funeral planning into their own hands, rather than leaving for relatives to sort. Nothing odd in that the trend is happening elsewhere too, the elderly have […]

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Cremation beads an idea from South Korea

Times are changing in South Korea and cremation is on the rise, space and cost being two of the main factors. And so are traditions in the way people are memorialising. One option is to have the cremation ashes turned into beads. I quite like this idea. Instead of an urn filled with ashes or […]

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The changing face of municipal memorialsation

It would seem councils are waking up to the fact that people are general cremated and now that people no longer scatter their loved ones ashes at the crematoria that they may have changing role in relation to public memorialisation. I came across this from Kelso in Scotland. A councillor has been petitioning Scottish Borders […]

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The Balinese ceremony of Ngaben: Turn to Ash

The beautiful Island of Bali in the Indonesian archipelago has a predominately Hindu population, whose belief system varies slightly from the Hindu doctrine in India. And from time to time they hold mass cremations. The cremation ceremony know as Ngaben (which means ‘turn to ash’) is elaborate and expensive and if a family can’t afford […]

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We don’t want the ashes back

  I am always keeping an eye out for news stories and when I started posting I would say every week there is a story about some cerebrally challenged crook who mistakenly pinches an urn and the family are pleading for it back (often with happy endings I am delighted to say), then there are […]

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Rwanda Adopts Cremation

The Rwandan parliament has passed an amendment to the law permitting the use cremation. “The law grants permission to those who wish to cremate,” said Social Affairs Committee chairperson, Esperance Mwiza, while presenting the bill to the House chaired by Speaker Rose Mukantabana on Tuesday. She added that once the law is implemented, all cemeteries […]

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Cremation is on the rise for American Jews

It would appear that there is an increasing number of American Jews are opting to be cremated rather than buried, which some parts of the community are quite unhappy about. Jews have a long tradition of burial, and more orthodox elements find cremation abhorrent. I have posted on the about this before and the scriptures […]

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Scattering ashes around scared tree in New Zealand

Scattering not welcome around the sacred tree: New Zealand residents asked not to scatter ashes around sacred tree for environmental and religious reasons The famous Kauri tree, Tane Mahuta is where many New Zealander would choose to scatter their cremation ashes. The tree which stands at over 50 metres tall seems to resonate among many […]

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Hindu Funeral Ashes: why the Thames?

  Any population who migrates to a different country, to a certain extent, will have to assimilate their customs and traditions into the adopted country, Hindus and  Hinduism is no different. According to the UK census of 2001 there are just over half a million Hindus in the UK although some estimates go much higher. […]

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Nepal: Scattering cremation ashes 13 day ceremony

Nepal: Scattering Cremation Ashes in a 13-Day Ceremony The Nepali Congress has made the decision to scatter the ashes of their former Prime Minister, Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, across all thirteen districts of Nepal in a ritual lasting thirteen days. This act is part of a profound ceremonial practice. Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, a devout Hindu and […]

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Not allowed alongside fallen comrades…

Scattering Ashes at Battlefields: A Case from Vietnam Vietnam has turned down a request to scatter the ashes of General Marcel Bigeard, a highly decorated French war veteran, at the site of a pivotal battle that contributed to the end of French colonial rule. General Bigeard, who passed away last month, had expressed a desire […]

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