Subject Description


Special burial practices and funerals

OCM Identifier


Subject Description

Abbreviated and extended funerals; distinctive mortuary rites in special cases of death (e.g., for an enemy, stranger, executed criminal, pauper, slave, child, women dying in childbirth, chief, shaman, warrior, person dying abroad, victim of accidental death, suicide, homicide, victim of epidemic or loathsome disease); ceremonies at the death of animals; etc.

The term was changed from "Deviant Mortuary Practices" to "Special Burial Practices and Funerals" in 2000.


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