sim 2 character dating older sim - Dating rituals of india
According to Hindu tradition and its sacred texts, only a male family member (such as a husband, father or son) can perform the last rites.
However, in some cases women have taken on this role.
"There is a saying that the fire in the house is not lit until the fire in the cremation pyre has gone out," explains Narayanan. There are very specific dietary injunctions also as to what people can and cannot eat, especially the person who has performed the last rites. The foods are considered satvic (pure) foods." In the place where the person died, a lamp is lit to light the way for the departed soul and water is kept there for its nourishment.
When a parent has died and the children live far away, other family members hold the body until the children arrive to do the last rites.
In most Hindu families, the body is bathed immediately after death, sometimes by women in the family.
The ritual marks of the community, along with sacred ash, may be applied on the person's body, under the guidance of the priest who chants holy mantras, which vary in different Hindu communities.
In Vedic times, there were incidents of the putrika--a daughter who could assume the role of a son.
In later years, the religious patriarchy interpreted the putrika as the grandson, and reserved the conducting of the last rites for males.