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The Last Rites

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The Last Rites

The Last Rites - S1E2: Death For A Living

06 May 2019 08:56am
We follow two icons of Taiwan's grief industry. One sells her tears. The other is a "cheerleader" for the dead. Nowadays, their craft seems a little at odds with society's more progressive outlook.
About the Show

The bigger, grander, or more elaborate, the better. Even in funerals. Asian funerals are more than just status symbols for the living and deceased. The rituals also reveal secrets of what a culture cherishes in life - values, attitudes and beliefs. This two-part documentary examines sweet, sacred and shocking traditional Asian funeral practices. It also observes the people whose lives and livelihoods revolve around the business of grief. Professional mourners act as "cheer leaders" for the dead in Taiwan, while a community in the Indonesian highlands perform unusual death rites, where the dead "live" on as part of the mourning process.

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