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As Jenny Uzell embarks on a series of posts which will consider the knotty question, What Is A Funeral For? it’s worth reflecting on what has been a game of two halves, funeralwise, in the last fortnight. Two people have expressed contrasting approaches to a funeral. First, there was Dave
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  What a professional mourner might look like   When media people phone the press office here at the GFG-Batesville Shard, their requests for information often conform to whatever they suppose to be trending. “We’re doing something on living funerals. Are these catching on?” “No.” “We’re doing a documentary about
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  An interesting insight into the funeral business in South Africa.     
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Funeral Pole Dancers in Taiwan – National Geographic “Taboo Burials” from Tobie Openshaw on Vimeo. Interesting insight into a funeral custom which we feel could make a transition to Britain in a modified form. What price Chippendale-style bearers?   
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DearNonno from David Slingerland on Vimeo.   If you’ve got six minutes, here’s a funeral in southern Italy.  ‘My dear grandfather almost made it to a hundred. It was not to be. This short movie is about the funeral.’
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  India’s Zoroastrian community is breeding vultures so that it can once more dispose of its dead atop Towers of Silence.  Once vulture rich, with a population of around 400 million, India has seen a steep decline caused by poisoning. The vultures have been consuming painkilling meds administered to cattle.
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  A fine feminist manifesto here from Grace Mutandwa in the Zimbabwe Standard: A group of my female friends are tired of being stuck in the house during funerals while their boys hang out at the shops and do fun things. The girls want to know why it is cool
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    The Rise of the Maori Tribal Tattoo By Ngahuia Te Awekotuku University of Waikato, New Zealand Body adornment – swirling curves of black on shoulders, thighs, lower back, arms, upper feet, rear calves – has become an opportunity for storytelling as well. Some symbols represent children born, targets
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  The body of Norodom Sihanouk, late king of Cambodia, returns home. He will lie in state in the royal palace for three months before his Buddhist funeral. Nice work by the embalmer. 
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  From time to time we consider the purpose of a funeral as an event which enables mourners to express complex, disorderly emotion. Funerals in  countries untouched by, or resistant to, chilly Nordic Protestant norms of self-restraint are notable for an exuberance which chilly Nords tend to regard as unbefitting,