The Beauty of Burial
In every country, religion, and ethnicity we as human being are all faced with one thing and one thing alone. Something that happens to all of as at some point in our lives. That thing being death. Death is the one thing that we all have in common with other cultures. Nobody can avoid it and it will come for everyone of us sooner or later. However, every culture has a different tradition, new or old, that they perform for their deceased loved ones. In my exhibition I want to talk about “The Beauty of Burial” and how each culture deals with the deaths of loved one in different, but similar ways. We all pass away at some point in our lives and our loved ones are left with giving the disease a proper burial. Every culture buries their loved one in different but unique ways. They have their own way of preparing the dead for burial and in some cultures for the afterlife. However, even though they all seem vastly different a lot of cultures take inspiration from other culture, but add their own flare to it to call it their own. In this exhibition you will see how each culture is different from one another, but also how alike they all are as well. I wanted to focus on what each culture does to prepare their loved ones for burial. From their religion, to burial rituals, and so on. Some of the cultures and burial rituals I will be showing in my exhibition today stem all the way from the Early Medieval England, to both East Asia in China and southeast Asia in Korea, and both North and South America. Starting at the Sutton Sutton Hoo Burial in England, to the Funeral Banner of Lady Dai in China, to the Korean Burial Mounds in of course Korea, to the Monk Mounds in North America and even to the Fringed Textile Fragments of South America.