The Ancestral Links series represent the different customs
people use to honor the death of their loved
ones. Many cultures use a boat (Egypt), raft (India), or
a woven matte (Native North American Indians) placed under
their loved one to carry them to the next world (heaven
or ?). In India many people have the custom of
carefully wrapping their loved ones body in linen, oil
and flower adornment before sending them down the river
gauges on a woven raft. Some Native North American
Indians place the deceased body on a woven rack high
on a plate wrapped in a beautiful chief’s blanket.
Many cultures (Maya) then set the body on fire hoping
the smoking ash will get them closer to the next world/life
(heaven) in the sky.
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