Chinese Funeral Rites

In traditional Chinese ritual, upon the death of a person, relatives and friends shave the head, wash the body and clip the nails. The deceased is then placed in a sitting position to facilitate the exit of the soul. Those present call the soul to return, possibly to ensure that the release of the soul was definitive.


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