Though the concept of death is probably one of the most worldwide conversation topics, it’s not always received the same way. Some view death as a necessary part of life, some view it as just the beginning, and some view it as darkness incarnate. Regardless of the point of view taken, these baby girl, boy, and gender-neutral names denoting death fit any needs you may have! They hold everything from bold definitions of death—hello Persephone!—to stories relating to the effects death has on helping a legacy live on—take a peek at Kateri—and everything in between.
How is death different in cultures around the world?
The conversation about death is often about what happens after death rather than the process of dying. As a result, the traditions surrounding death are most commonly how the mourning families cope. In Korea, colorful beads can be made from the refined ashes of a cremated loved one, and in several Asian and Indian cultures, white is the color of mourning. In Buddhism, the mourning process may have a set amount of time, often around the 100-day mark. In parts of Africa, the decorated tomb tradition of the ancient Africans has taken on a new-age flair. Ghana, specifically, is noted for some seriously stylish coffins! These coffins are known worldwide as emblems embodying the deceased’s interests in life, with everything from planes to cows to fish to even cigarette packs. And, of course, famously, there are plenty of Mexican and Central American traditions that actually celebrate the dead—think Día de Los Muertos—taking their Indigenous roots and the energetic lives of their passed loved ones into consideration.