Old and New Funeral Traditions in Yemen

by K-Berens

The main function of the minarets in the mosque above is to provide a vantage point from which the call to prayer is made.

Thousands of years ago the Yemeni people were tampering with a form of mummification, around the same time Egypt was working on perfecting theirs. They would remove the deceased’s organs through the stomach, then they filled the cavity with embalming fluid of various types, from camel oil to sulphur dioxide. The body would then be wrapped in silk or leather shrouds and painted. The type of shroud you were buried in would depend on your wealth. It was believed that this process would lead to resurrection of the body.

Today, Yemen does not practice mummification. Bodies are covered in a shroud and are buried before the sun sets on the same day.

After a time of prayer at the mosque, the body is carried by pallbearers to the graveyard. In accordance with Yemeni traditions, the soul is then under the judgement of Allah and quizzed on teachings from the Koran.

A Yemeni superstition states that if the person who has died was born under the zodiac sign of the ram, they would be visited by a monster who would violently disrespect the bodies named Al-Hamal.

Read more:

Yemeni’s Burial Traditions | International Business Wiki

Weddings, Funerals, and a Controversial Soap Opera | Girl Solo in Arabia

Culture of Yemen | Everyculture.com

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