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Years before Billy Standley died on Sunday, he planned out every detail of his funeral: He bought up the three plots next to his wife's grave, had his sons build him a custom casket, and arranged for the funeral director to embalm him in a sitting position. Earlier today, Standley's dream funeral took place, and he was laid to rest atop his beloved Harley-Davidson.
The fantasy or figurative coffins from Ghana are functional coffins made by specialized carpenters in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. These coffins are only seen on the day of the burial when they are buried with the deceased. They often symbolise the dead people’s professions. Certain shapes, such as a sword or stool coffin, represent regal or priestly insignia with a magical and religious function. Only people with the appropriate status are allowed to be buried in these types of coffin...
The “Genushe (animal post-mortem)”, ca. 1845-46 may be a little odd to viewers in 2014, but during the mid-19th Century it was common to use photography as a means of remembering a deceased loved one. It is possible this little bunny was a cherished pet or it was used to mock the custom.
Rantepao, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia, When a Torajan dies in Toraja land, family members of the deceased are required to hold a series of funeral ceremonies that usually last for several days before the deceased is brought to a funeral site for burial. The Toraja people live a traditional life in the forested mountains of South Sulawesi. Photo by Frits Meyst/Adventure4ever.com
Baby grave trees, Tana Toraja, Indonesia. /// The smallest of the Toraja burial grounds are the “Baby Trees” where the tribe’s young are placed. If a child dies before he has started teething, its mother wraps his body in cloth, makes a another hole in the Baby Tree and places the dead infant inside. The hole is then sealed and as the tree begins to heal, the child is believed to be absorbed.
This image shows the result of Plastination, a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Gunther von Hagens in 1977. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample Image © Susan Mulder The National Museum of Health and Medicine
GUNTHER VON HAGENS Anatomist Gunther von Hagens is the inventor of Plastination, a process that allows permanent preservation of organic material by replacing water and fat with silicone or other polymers. Two half-finished silicone plastinated human bodies hang for curing in von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.