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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

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

Satsuki Kawano

University of Hawai'i Press

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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