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The death is an important and solemn affairs in Bhutanese tradition. A person's death in Bhutan involves intricate beliefs about the timing, reasons and manner of death, procedures of treating and disposing the corpse and setting up funerary structures, conducting rituals and prayers to help the spirit of the deceased in the afterlife, and cultures of condolences and bereavement. It is also one of the most expensive cultural affairs. A village would often have an established system of funerary economy with details of how contribution of both material resources and labour are made to help a mourning family. Funerary practices include cremation, burial, skyburial and water burial, and rituals differ based on region and religious tradition.

Subject ID: S7638