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Funeral/Burial
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1. a) The purpose of a funeral is not only the ritual removal of the corpse, but also the ritual defeat or management of the experience of death and separation. The funeral ritual fulfills several functions in these categories. With reference to the dead, it excludes them, and sets them in their new context (the smoke of the funeral pyre indicates the route of the soul to the beyond; the grave marks the departed one's …

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Hutter, Manfred, “Funeral/Burial”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00177>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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