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GENERAL GUIDE OF FUNERAL CEREMONY

Coffin Moved Ceremony

At pressent in the rural, it is often to buy a coffin which is carried by young villagers (or village association) to take care of. When the job is done, the house owner needs just to invite them to stay for meal and drink. Though in the city, everything is done by Coffin Farm (Funeral Services Establishment) to realize.

Buddhism

Prior to move the coffin, a prayer loud-reader reads and makes Route Religious Announcement Ceremony (also known as Ancestor Offering Ceremony.) Funeral family owner needs to be advised by monks in advance for arrangement of offering ceremony at home as well at the graveyard for sufficient preparation.

Coming next is Coffin Worshiping Ceremony: allowed by the family owner, the order-to-follow (manager, chief of the team of funeral employees) will control employees to carry out ceremony. An assistant lights lamps, burns incense and distributes to each employee now kneeing in two rows in front of the coffin. The order-to-follow bows down, burns incense, ties funeral front-wear, burns paper-notes, sprays rice and salt...

Then the whole employees altogether at the same time knee down before the corpse and bow down twice, asking for permission to move the coffin to the place of burial. Following Buddhism, then the coffin is moved, it must follow a principle that the head of the coffin goes first and its rear follows. Sons shares incense holder, portrait, ancestral tablet… stepping after monks who are walking in front of the coffin. Daughters, nieces and nephews… must follow the coffin. When the corpse has just left the house, family owner will have someone to break a ceramic boiling pot which was laid under the coffin (with the meaning to hope for the soul of the dead people to escape soon.)

The order-to-follow will control the coffin to turn back to salute the house the final time. The head of the coffin is lowered three times. Out of the house, the coffin is carried on shoulders for a while then loaded onto the funeral car. If the dead person is aged, people arrange a walk for a while in order the old may walk the coffin to furtherly. The walking group led by monks, following are flags, umbrellas, a table with a supporter for hanging a recalling banner, a death worshiping table in front of the coffin, together with this table are sons and their sons… Relatives wearing funeral front-wear will walk after the coffin. They are shaded with a big canvas supported by four sticks at its four corners and kept by four persons), finally there are those who walk the coffin to. Music bands if required by the family, a Southern Music Band will go in front of the coffin and the Woodwinds Band will follow. The distance of walking must not be long, easy to cause traffic jam.

Funeral caravan often includes one to carry monks that lead. Second is a coffin carrying cart and guest vehicles follow at the rear. Family must prepare a unilateral itinerary and inform all the drivers in advance in order to avoid a situation that vehicles separated and lost. The velocity of the caravan decided by the leading vehicle.

Catholicism

Coffin Moved Ceremony is divided into 2 parts. First, relatives of the same family name will read prayer before the coffin move. Then the corpe will be sent into a church for a ceremony made. Normally, the chief of the clergyman of the church where a deadpeople used to visit when being still alive will hold the ceremony. Especially, if the dead person ever being the chief of the clergyman or being parented of the chief of the clergyman or nuns then many clergymen will come to make the Altogether-Offering Ceremony. Catholic people rarely invite Southern Music Band and use only Woodwinds Band when walking the coffin to.

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