Originally Posted by Liney
i always wanted to ask the chinese about chinese funeral. The things I notice about chinese funeral are:
1. keep the decease for a week before burying him/her.
2. the noise they make (not the decease but the people around). My friend once told me the noise they make is to halau hantu...
I wonder what they are for...it is more culture or religion.....
I think are a lot more than that.....
1. There are usually 3,5 or 7 days. The more days you keep, the more money you spend. It depends on the family how many days they wanna keep the decease.
2. It might be the praying sound as explained by laplace. It might still noisy at the funeral place in the middle of the night as members of the family are chit chatting among themselves or with visitors.
I think it's the mixing of the culture and religion. Majority of Chinese in Malaysia are influenced by the southern China culture (Hokkien, Teow Chew,Canton,Hakka and Hai Nam). Taoist will "sing songs" and have many more "events" whereas Buddist is more simple and will invite monks to pray for the decease.