WHAT KIND OF FUNERAL IS IT IN JAPAN?
Most funeral in Japan are done with Buddhist rites unless people have a strong faith in other religious such as Christianity.Most Japanese belong to both the Shinto and Buddhist faith,usually conduct their funerals with Buddhist rites.There are,however. some people who only to the Shinto faith,who conducted their funerals with Shinto rites.At typical Buddhist funerals,Buddhist monks chant sutras for the deceased. Relatives and close friends hold a wake called “tsuya” the next day,which is followed by a farewell service called “kokubetsushiki”
where Buddhist monks recite a sutra and people burn incense one after another for the repose of the departed soul.After these ceremonies,the deceased is cremated in a local crematory and the remains are buried in a cemetery.After that,relatives regularly hold Buddhist service for the deceased where Buddhist monks recite sutras. They are hold on the 7th and 49th days after death,one year after,two years after and at ever increasing intervals after.
IS IT BURIAL OR CREMATION?
The rate of cremation in Japan is over 90 %, that is the highest in the world.There are still lots of countries,for example where Catholicism as the main religion,in which people are prejudiced against cremation,although more countries are starting to cremate bodies due to sanitation problems and lack of space.In Japan,cremation was done as early as in the 7th century partly because Buddha,the founder of Buddhism,was cremated.It is said that his only remains called “Busshan”were divided into 84,000 parts by King Ashoka in India in the third century BC,and given to many different countries.they are found in some Japanese temples and are usually kept in pagodas.
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