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The Chinese burial customs of the 1890’s to 1930’s are very different from what we see from funerals now. There are many different interesting things about the burial customs of the Chinese: The steps taken when a family member dies, the superstitions about funerals, and the difference between our burial customs and the burial customs during their time.
There are many steps taken when a family member dies. The first step is called the wake. The wake is where The coffin is placed on its own stand in the house or in the courtyard depending on whether the family member die away from home or at home.. It rests a foot high off the ground and is covered in gifts from the family and a self portrait or photograph. The coffin is not sealed during the wake.The funeral ceremony lasts over 49 days. Depending on how rich the family is prayers are said for up to 49 days every 7 days. The family head should be present for at least the first and possibly the second prayer ceremony. He should also be present for the burial or cremation. When the prayer sessions are over the coffin is nailed shut and...


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