Cemetery. Heredia, Costa Rica, Central America. April 2008. Digital Image. Held by Cheryl Palmer
CULTURAL
DIFFERENCES
Death is an essential feature of the human condicion that requires
people to develope means of coping with it. To neglect death is to ignore
one of the few universal parameters in which the social and individual life
are constructed. (Berger, P. 1967)
According to Rosenblatt Paul (2012), to really understand sense of death
in the cultures own perspective a person has to explore factors like; what
has been lost with death, death rituals, cultural constructions and how is
the future relationship with the deceased.
IN COSTA RICA
-Culture differences in the culture
-Different religions and cultures (catholic, jewish,
indigenous)
-Poor&rich
- Close familyties
ATTITUDE TOWARDS DEATH
- Día de los muertos
- generally funerals are tended to be held in a good
spirit
RITUALS /
CEREMONIES
Rituals varie in different parts of Costa Rica
NOVENARIO/NOVENA
- Night before the funeral
- church / house
-Elements of water and incense
- funeral procession
- cemetery
- last words
- 9 days of prays with rosary
- final ritual shows in the way of dressing in black
CEREMONY
GUANACASTE
- Closing a street with barrels and ropes
- common to carry the coffin to the cemetery
LIMON
- African culture
JEWISH CUSTOMS
- Focuses on celebrating the life and not the death
- as soon as somebody dies, person is placed on the
floor of the
house, there volunteers prepare the body for the
burial
- 7 days of shiva
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
-Tonjibe: bury the deceased under a roof, starts the
funeral 4 am and
Asks for forgiveness for the deceased. Community
chooses a woman to
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