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The village headman...will serve as the chief mourner (since this is to be a communal ceremony rather than a family one), and all other male participants will express their condolences to him. He has a cloth draped loosely over the head and sits on the bank in front of the house while the men come to him. All women who attend touch heads with a close female relative of the dead, who sits nearby on the veranda.

  • Source: Hockings, Paul. Mortuary ritual of the Badagas of southern India. Chicago: Chicago Natural History Museum, 2001.
  • Culture: Badaga
  • Location: Asia