Schools and crisis response workers in many parts of the country will be helping children cope with the concept of death as a result of the war and concern about terrorism. Some children are suffering a personal loss. Others will have a heightened fear of death either because they are worried about further attacks or they have family members in the military, active reserves, or public safety roles. Some children may simply be more aware of death and trying to sort through their feelings and thoughts. Most important in working with children in these circumstances is to understand and respect the views and wishes of their family, as well as to involve family members in the process. It is also important for school personnel and others to understand various cultural and religious perspectives on death so that interventions are appropriate to the cultural context of the children and families being served.
12 Unique Customs and Traditions in India That You Should Know
Sati or suttee [note 1] was a historical Hindu practice, in which a widow sacrifices herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre. The extent to which sati was practised in history is not known with clarity. However, during the early modern Mughal period, it was notably associated with elite Hindu Rajput clans in western India , marking one of the points of divergence between Hindu Rajputs and the Muslim Mughals , who banned the practice. Opposition to the practice of sati by British Christian evangelists, such as William Carey , and Hindu reformers such as Ram Mohan Roy , ultimately led the British Governor-General of India Lord William Bentinck to enact the Bengal Sati Regulation, , declaring the practice of burning or burying alive of Hindu widows to be punishable by the criminal courts. Isolated incidents of sati were recorded in India in the late 20th century, leading the Indian government to promulgate the Sati Prevention Act, , criminalising the aiding or glorifying of sati.
Death beliefs and practices from an Asian Indian American Hindu perspective
Among ethnic minorities, the Asian and Pacific Islander API American group is the fastest growing, and, as a whole, is quite longevous. Although there is a significant literature on the history and religious traditions of API cultures, little has been published on death rituals and beliefs of the American descendants of these groups. The purpose of this study was to begin to explore cultural variations in response to the process of dying and grieving among four Asian American populations--Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Filipino.
Zoroastrians strongly connect physical purity with spiritual purity. This is one of the reasons washing is such a central part of purification rituals. Conversely, physical corruption invites spiritual corruption.