Why are Japanese hearses so gaudy and showy? Second Attempt
“a marvelous folly of black and gold lacquer…to resemble a portable shrine”
The Roads to Sata pg 151
Why sugar, green tea, seaweed, handkerchiefs, furikake rice seasoning for reihin funeral return gifts (礼品 れいひん) ?
My latest theory is that by giving someone something ordinary they need all the time you are saying that because successful people like them have all have everything they need already that is the only thing you could buy. They are also all things that you can get in any price range
Why is incense not more popular in Japan, despite a tradition of it?
For most people nowadays, incense is associated with funerals
Why do some people take family photos at a funeral?
When some people feel unable to take time off work even for a wedding, it might be the last time they get together, something made more obvious by the fact that one of them isn’t there
How can some young people take flowers back home from a funeral?
Obviously they have not the slightest residual belief in ghosts, ritual pollution- as an atheist brought up in a Christian country myself,I am intellectually impressed and emotionally revolted by the idea
Why do the guests not join in the chanting at a Buddhist funeral?
In some of the ‘new religions’ they do, which might explain why less religious people wouldn’t want to. There is also the possibility that they don’t know how,especially if they belong to a different form of Buddhism.
How do they fit a whole cremated body in a pot?
They can’t. The rest of the ashes are taken elsewhere by the 廃物回収者 (haibutsukaishuusha- ash collectors), and usually buried mixed together.
Why do only close family go to the cremation?
Traditionally, when a body is cremated is supposed to be one of the times when a spirit could become dangerous, e.g. due to the body not being treated properly. Only the family attending both shows the dedication of the family by them taking the risk, and saves others from the danger.