The Huron Feast of the Dead

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The Huron Feast of the Dead

The name of this ritual is the Huron feast of the dead. This ritual is a mortuary custom. The ceremony expressed the great affection the Huron held for their dead relatives and exercised a powerful reinforcement of the alliances among the tribes and villages.

This ritual is performed by the Huron or Wyandot people. Every 10-15 years the bodies of all those who had not died violent deaths were removed from their temporary tombs and buried in a common ossuary - a deep pit lined with beaver robes. The last reported Feast of the Dead occurred in 1695.

Early in the custom's development, as whole villages moved to a new location, other Wyandot would travel to join them in arranging mass reburials of their dead, who were transported to the new location. The people would take dead bodies out of their first graves and clean the remains in preparation for reburial in a new location. Customs evolved over the centuries as populations migrated and increased. They continued to follow traditional beliefs about the afterlife. The arrival of Europeans added new aspects to the process. The Huron adopted a practice of exchanging material gifts as a central part of these festivals

The ceremony expressed the great affection the Huron held for their dead relatives and exercised a powerful reinforcement of the alliances among the tribes and villages. The final burial was believed to release the souls of the dead and to allow them to travel westward to the land where Iouskeha and Aataentsic lived.

4. What is practised during the ritual

5. What is the significance of the ritual

1. The name and type of ritual.

The Huron Feast of the Dead

2. Where/when and by whom is it practised

3. What items are used during this ritual?

The individuals were buried in common ossuary's. It is not known what specific items were used during these rituals. However , archeologists have unearthed sacred belongings in these ossuaries. It is assumed that they were buried with the people.


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  • RicoM7450yc 3 years ago

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    I love death!!! But i cant afford it