2019-09 Chrysanthemum

by Ho Kim September. 29, 2019 132 views

[I got really confused. Those two are not chrysanthemum but dandelions but the story below went on with that confusion. Sorry... - edited after posting]

Autumn is the season of the chrysanthemum. Not just the beauty of flowers or fragrance but their long life are the reason why I love them. Some of them last couple of weeks in the vase, which will be the reason why they use chrysanthemum as a decoration during funeral rites in Korea as they hold ceremony for 3 days(99%).

Say a person passed away at 11:59 P.M., then the ceremony holds 32 hrs. Because that very one minute before the midnight is counted as one day and they carry the coffin out for cremation or burial at 7 or 8 A.M. on the third day morning.

You can see the worst case is the death at 0:01 A.M., which means the ceremony will go on for 32+24 hrs - 1 minute. It's quite a burden for the family.

White one,

White one,

Yellow one.

Yellow one.

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Heike 1 month, 2 weeks ago

A really interesting story. I heard that in Buddhism the dead body has to be untouched for 3 days, so that the soul can leave the body. Is that the reason for this 3 days ritual in Korea?

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Ho Kim Replied to Heike 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Heike. Korea has been strongly influenced by Buddism for a thousand years, so it should make sense. There are lots of theories behind it, 3 days of ritual.  As I was searching for the backgroud of the 3 days, I happen to read a story, which  makes good sense to me : funeral ritual is full of yin(-), so to compensate it they've got to choose a day of yang(+) like 3, 5, 7. As I mentioned most of the rituals hold for 3 days but some hold for 5 or 7 days. But this is just one of theories.smile

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