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ASIAN GEOGRAPHIC
(Singapore)

In the “crying ceremony” during the third-day ceremony of an Azerbaijani funeral, women sit separate from men and cry for the loss of the bereaved. Funerals in Azerbaijan are elaborate affairs, with ceremonies marking the third, seventh and 40th day after death as well as the one-year anniversary. The third-day ceremony is the biggest, with tents set up to accommodate the flow of visitors and food.

“The Poetry of Death: How We Say Goodbye,” p. 86
November/December 2012.