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Post-Mortem Rituals

Death
1.3m views11 Brutal Human Sacrifice Practices Throughout HistoryHumans have always had a dark side, and this list of brutal human sacrifice methods explores it in graphic detail. Maybe when you ...
Animals
932 votersTouching Animal Death Rituals That Will Make You Tear UpDo animals mourn their dead? This has been a question many often wonder. The answer may be yes - animals do appear to exhibit sorr...
Death
93.1k views10 Horrifying Things That Would Happen To You In An Aztec Flaying CeremonyLet’s do a little role-playing: it’s the 1400s or so, and you’re a prisoner of war of the mighty Aztecs. They’re celebrating one o...
Resting Places
46.2k viewsThe Smoked Corpses Of The Kuku Kuku People Are One Of History's Creepiest Death RitualsRituals surrounding death differ from place to place and era to era, but the stories and practices behind the smoked corpses of Pa...
Resting Places
126.7k viewsStrange Cemetery Symbolism: What Does It All Mean?People have been burying their dead in graveyards for thousands of years, and cemetery symbolism has evolved quite a bit since tho...
Death
680.8k viewsPresent Day "Beyond The Grave" Nuptial Practices From Around The WorldTrue love conquering all is a concept that appeals to romantics worldwide. From Tim Burton's Corpse Bride to the Bride of Frankens...
Interesting
843 voters12 New-Age Ways To Be BuriedNot everyone considers the types of burial available to them when they pass, much less the actual moment they kick the bucket. How...
Death
184.3k viewsFascinating Facts About The Cannibal Aghori Monks Of IndiaIn India, there is a religious sect based in Hinduism but very different from that of the mainstream. Called the Aghori, the sect ...
Explainer
200.5k views15 Bizarre Mummification Practices From Around The WorldMost people know about mummies in ancient Egypt, and have maybe even seen one or two in a museum. We know the traditions involving...
Supernatural & Paranormal
192.5k viewsThings You Didn't Know About Necromancy, The Dark Art Of Raising The DeadOne thing most ancient civilizations share is a fascination with the afterlife. The art of necromancy, communicating beyond the gr...
Whoa Facts
631.3k views12 Things You Didn't Know About Sokushinbutsu, A.K.A. Self-MummificationIt seems impossible that someone could mummify themselves. But that's exactly what sokushinbutsu is. This self-mummification was a...
History
33.3k views7 Fascinating Facts About The Hanging Coffins Of The PhilippinesThere's a tribe in the northern Philippines called the Igorot that traditionally bury their dead in so-called "hanging coffins" on...
Death
14k views12 Facts on Famadihana, The Body Snatching Religious Ceremony of the MerinasEverybody loves a great party, and nobody wants to miss out just because they're dead. In the deep highlands of Madagascar, the Me...
Death
34.8k viewsCrazy Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Sky BurialWhen the great Hunter S. Thompson died, he wished for his ashes to be fired into the sky out of a cannon he designed himself. Whil...
Death
7.2k viewsSin-Eaters Ate Meals Off Of Corpses' Chest To Symbolically Absolve The Dead Of Their Impure DeedsDying before you've had a chance to be absolved of your sins is a huge predicament to find yourself in but, once you're dead, ther...
Whoa Facts
26.1k views10 Facts About Zoroastrian Funerals, Where They Feed The Dead To Vultures On TowersZoroastrian funerals are pretty different from what's usually found in Western tradition. That's because in Zoroastrianism, the ag...
Culture
2.7k viewsIn This Joyous Malagasy Ceremony, The Living Literally Dance With The DeadThe Malagasy tribe of Madagascar holds unique beliefs about the afterlife and the mourning process. These beliefs are displayed in...
Death
3.6k viewsCrypts And 'Bone Churches' Around The World That Are Open For VisitorsDiverse rituals and mourning practices for the deceased testify to the myriad ways people contend with their own mortality. Found ...