Death, like birth, is a solitary event. During our lives, the “other” acquires paramount significance in our voyage as parent, companion, lover, friend, and share in the minutiae of our lives. The Beginning and the End however, are our own. In one, they are there to greet us; in the other, to bid us farewell; in one, joy; in the other, grief, but both have their rituals. In the End, different cultures have found ways of expressing their sorrow and hopes for the departed, which neatly encapsulate their world-view. Some of them are grisly, others strange, but all of them are fascinating. Here are some of the most fascinating funeral rites from around the world.