Funeral Rites II

26 09 2008

Folklore says that when a person dies, the deceased will somehow come back in one form or another to have one last look at the living before the soul rests in peace. Well, if this is to be believed, then my mother-in-law  could be claimed to have come back to take one last look.

This leaf insect appeared this morning and stayed around till late at night. Some of the kids even teased the insect by calling out her name to it and if twitching is considered a response, then I guess we can console ourselves that she’s back for one last look.

It had been decided that she would be laid to rest by cremation this Sunday, the final resting place at Fairy Park in Sendayan. A notice was put up as per Chinese custom to inform all concerned.

Paper effigies were also sent here for rituals in time for burning tomorrow. The usual ‘material wealth’ to be ‘sent’ to her included a house, a car, a butler, a maid and plenty of servants.

Oh, not forgetting the modern-day handphone and (surprise!) ‘Astlo’ satellite entertainment.

'Nokkia' phone with Bluetooth accessories!

'Nokkia' phone with Bluetooth accessories!

'Astlo' satellite dish for Wah Lai Toi programs.

Ancient Chinese funeral rites were long and complicated. Back then, the bereaved family members were to kneel by the side of the coffin most of the time, even for meals and sleeping. They were expected to wail and cry loudly as a sign of respect and loyalty to the deceased.

Today however, as times have progressed and changed, modern funeral rites are more relaxed. Kneeling and crying has been kept to a minimal as and when necessary, and the bereaved are free to attend to anything that requires their attention.

Funeral rites resumes this evening, and will continue tomorrow.


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