One of Vietnam’s most fascinating funeral rituals explained


Have you ever wondered why, when you see a funeral procession, some of the attendees throw money and tiny red paper boxes onto the road? It’s about dead souls. When a person dies, no matter where they are, their soul leaves the body and returns to their earthly home, where the soul gravitates towards his/her old bedroom. Surviving relatives don’t want the soul to remain in the home because there’s a chance that the soul of the deceased person could lure the soul of a living person onto “the other side”, so the money is scattered from the funeral procession to motivate the dead soul to follow the family to the cemetery, where the soul can relocate to a tomb.

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