Dividian Burial Traditions in the 26th Century
The ritual of the Faxel Korst
When a Dividian dies, loved ones and friends perform a ritual known as the Faxel Korst. a feast with special foods prepared for the remembrance of the dead. Those who eat, must reflect on the lives of those passing to the other realm and allow them to taste the meal through their lips and take nourishment for strength to continue their journey to find The Great Viziers.
It is believed, the more people eat during faxel korst, the further it will take their beloved deceased on their journey and it is extremely good luck to finish every morsel of food prepared, but not always able to be done. Several faxel korsts can go on simultaneously for the same person or people, that is also good luck for the spirits of the dead.
Quiet MeditationAfter the meal, loved ones spend the next few hours (six hours at minimum) in quiet meditation. Focussing on the journey of the deceased and seeing to their journey through their efforts.
They said the proper chants before the meal and Avrielle remained calm until halfway through the feast when she imagined the food she ate going down the throat of each of the children. She hoped they were enjoying the feast. When she imagined how much of life they would no longer enjoy, including lovely feasts, she broke down into tears, leaning on the table as she cried. Talisans put his arms around her and whispered to Avrielle comforting images of the children playing with all the animals in the Visier of Conservation's Garden of Lost Plants and Animals. He assured her they would be happier in the next realm. She was grateful for Talisan's words and warmth. Composed once more, she sat up straighter and took another bite of the grandeil souffle. It would be a good energy source for the children's play in the other realm. She imagined the boys chasing a winged carpaitian and the little girl cuddling with a sheeven wolf pup. In the Visier's Garden. The animals, even those that were once fierce hunters, would never hurt the children.
Cremation - the last phase of the ritual
The body of the deceased is bathed in special perfumed oils and covered in the traditional Dividian talcum powders, but a funeral powder is even more iridescent and shimmery than a normal one a Dividian would wear daily. The bodies are left nude as it is considered a most holy and natural state.
Only one loved one is allowed to view the body, carrying a scroll with messages from friends and family written on it. The scroll is placed in the hands of the deceased by the chosen loved one and then the body is gently placed over a funeral pyre and cremated. The ashes are later collected and spread before a holy place chosen by the deceased or the deceased's family (usually the deceased favourite temple).
Note* New Outlook, on Faith's Heart - A retirement community where many elderly Dividians live out their days.
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