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In Bali’s spectacular funerals, the dead are cremated inside a giant bull

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Iran’s Zoroastrians once left the dead for the birds in Towers of Silence

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In Hong Kong, paper goods are burned for the dead in the afterlife

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During the Day of the Dead festival, Mexicans celebrate the skeleton

ghana

In Ghana, you can have the fantasy coffin of your choosing

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In Rome, angels and skeletons merge in a macabre church carving

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Every Hindu wants to be cremated in Varanasi by the sacred Ganges

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America’s funeral industry can even cater to Mets team fans

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A Roman tomb captures the features of the individual it commemorates

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Iranians mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussayn at Ashura

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British colonials lie here at a cemetery in Calcutta, India

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In a Philippine village, locals hold an all-night vigal for a neighbour

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Families gather around the graves at Day of the Dead in Oaxaca

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A cadaver tomb in depicting the deceased’s decaying corpse in marble

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A Roman mummy portrait from ancient Egypt

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Commonwealth War Graves in a British cemetery in Tehran, Iran