Rosebourg Burial Traditions in the 26th Century
There is a strong division within the Rosebourg Monarchy with regards to the means and methods used to remember the dead and to dispose of the remaining elements of the body. Here, it is important to make a distinction between the Navak burial methods, and the Avran cremation methods. There is also a separate tradition amongst the military, as well yet another tradition amongst the royalty and the nobility of the Monarchy.
Navak burial ceremonies
Traditional Navak burial methods are fairly simple but take place over a number of days. The burial ceremony lasts 9 Beta Hydraean days. The 9 Beta Hydraean days are divided in three periods which related the different lines of a triangle - the triangle being a very symbolic geometric shape for Navaks denoting good luck and blessings.
The first period is a period of mourning, where the family and closed friends unite together in silence. They must meditate upon the passage of their loved one.
The second period is a period of obligation, where the family, friends, and the wider community unite together and complete the various religious traditions (which vary depending on one's religious denomination). Generally, during the first day the person's body is displayed and anyone can pay their respects, the second day is allotted to a religious mass, and the third day is the burial which takes place under strict religious guidelines.
The last period is a three day celebration where the family and closed friends re-enact the life of their loved one through stories, songs, and theatre.
Avran cremation ceremonies
Traditional Avran burial methods are quite different and much more rapid, burial ceremonies must be completed within a week of the person's passing otherwise the family will be cursed for a seven Avran year period.
Usually the ceremony lasts three days, the first day the Avran's direct family howls and mourn the passing of their relative, whilst on the second day the dead is embalmed according to the religious traditions of the family.
On the third day, usually on the square of their community, the Avran is cremated for all to see.
A period of silent reflection then ensues usually lasting no more than a day.
Military burials in the Rosebourg Monarchy
There is also a separate tradition for those who are members of the Rosebourg military. For each sector of the military, the first element of the burial ceremony is the honorary guard, which is then followed up by a number of speeches from the officer's colleagues who speak of the accomplishments of the officer.
The honorary guard and the speeches is then usually followed by the presentation of the officer's direct family who are handed over the officer's weapons as a sign of the recognition of the State for the officer's efforts. Depending on the sector of service, the body is then disposed of either through cremation or burial.
The military burial can, upon the request of the family, be combined with traditional burial methods or can be done away with entirely though this is not very common.
The most complicated burial ceremony is reserved for the royal family. The burial ceremony is very similar to the traditional Beta Hydraean burial method but the ceremony is prolonged in deference to the position of the individual.
Each part of the burial ceremony is prolonged so that the entire ceremony takes 18 days instead of 9.
The prolongation is supposed to represent blessings for the individual and blessings for their position in the royal family.
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