Asian Funeral Traditions
Philippines Apayao customs of the Cordillera Administrative
Region ask people to bury deceased persons under the kitchen area of
their homes
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 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 ground.
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Russia
India    Bhutan    Pakistan    Nepal    Maldives
Sri Lanka    Bangladesh
Central Asia
East Asia
South East Asia
Middle Eastern
Oman    Jordan    Qatar   Bahrain   Armenia    Syria   Azerbaijan    
Georgia    Yemen    Iran     Lebanon    Palestine
Tajikistan
China  A traditional Chinese gift to the grieving is a white envelope
usually enclosing a small sum of money. This custom is also found in
other East and Southeast Asian cultures.
Pacific Islands
Taiwan    Abkhazia    South Ossetia    Hong Kong
Northern Cyprus    Nagorno-Karabakh   Macau
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Northern Asia
Southern Asia to include India & Nepal
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Southeastern Asia to include the Philippines & Thailand
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