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Nature's EmbraceJapan's Aging Urbanites and New Death Rites$
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Satsuki Kawano

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833725

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.001.0001

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Scattering Ceremonies

Scattering Ceremonies

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(p.112) Chapter Four Scattering Ceremonies
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Nature's Embrace
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Satsuki Kawano

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833725.003.0005

At scattering ceremonies the bereaved celebrate the deceased's return to nature and mourn their final parting with the deceased. Although the Grave-Free Promotion Society (GFPS) provides a basic ceremonial framework, it is the volunteers and the bereaved working together who produce an ash-scattering ceremony. This chapter examines the making of a ceremony at the GFPS. It considers the role played by ceremonial directors, the usual sequence of events involved in a ceremony, and how variations are created. It shows that participants and producers of a scattering ceremony often make sense of it by partially reconciling the new practice with conventional mortuary practices.

Keywords:   ash-scattering ceremony, death rites, mortuary practices, interment, Grave-Free Promotion Society

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