Hindus believe that when a person dies the soul is reincarnated into another body and this belief is the foundational element for Hindu funeral traditions. One universal Hindu tradition is cremation and this usually takes place within 1 -2 days after death as it’s believed to be the fastest way for the soul to depart the body.
Hindu funeral traditions are primarily divided into three parts:
- A funeral will be held in the family home.
- There will be a cremation ceremony known as the “Mukhagni”.
- Finally, there is a mourning period and a “Shraddha” ceremony.