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Due what to the dead?
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Due what to the dead?

A culture's funereal practices are seen as bizarre or even repulsive to someone not of that culture. The outsider may reject or come to accept these practices.

Examples

Live Action TV
  • In an episode of Bones Brennan tells Booth her plans for when she's dead: She wants to be delivered to a certain place where her body will be dismembered by hammers in order to be eaten by vultures. After Booth objects, she modifies her will so that she will be creamated and her ashes sprinkled into a volcano.
  • In Slings and Arrows Oliver's will asks for his skull to be used in all of the theater's future productions of Hamlet Although this is not unheard of for actors in Real Life, it leaves Geoffrey with the difficult task of carrying out the wishes. First he has to convince the morticians that he's not crazy and Oliver really asked for this, then once they concede it turns out they can only remove the head and don't have the equipment to clean off the skull forcing Geoffrey to take the severed head, in an ice cooler, to a taxidermist to finish the job.
Table Top Games
  • Warhammer 40K: the Kroot practice cannibalism on both the enemy and their dead, which tends to unnerve people (including their allies, the Tau).
  • In the D&D adventure module "Night's Dark Terror", a gnollish cemetery is full of gnoll corpses strung up on tall posts for birds to scavenge on. The scene is played for creepiness, at least from the POV of non-gnoll adventurers.

Video Games
  • Diablo II: The Druid's line as he enteres the Monastery Graveyard is "Planting the dead... how odd."

Webcomics
  • In Digger, Digger finds the idea of skinning the dead and preserving their skins shocking, but realizes she has no other way to "bury" Ed.
    • Also from Digger is the hyenas' practice of funereal cannibalism, which is not only repulsive but actually harmful to her, as she's an herbivore.

Real Life
  • Ancient Egyptian mummification was regarded as morbid and strange by most Greek writers of the day. Conversely, Egyptians of that era found Greek cremation rites equally bizarre/dubious.
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