Asian Funeral Traditions
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In most East Asian and many Southeast
Asian cultures, the wearing of white is
symbolic of death. In these societies, white
or off-white robes are traditionally worn to
symbolize that someone has died and can
be Contemporary Western influence
however has meant that dark-colored or
black attire is now often also acceptable for
mourners to wear (particularly for those
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outside the family). In such cases, mourners wearing dark colors at times may
also wear a white or off-white armband. When a coffin is lowered into the
ground the mourners will bow their heads and must not watch the coffin being
lowered into the...