Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Eating For The Dead - The Jaga Brahmins - 101India

A community of professional mourners eating to ensure eternal peace for the deceased.
The Jaga community, hailing from 12 villages in Bihar, have a rather unique profession. The entire community serve as professional mourners, going to the homes of the recently deceased. They sing praises for the deceased at the top of their lungs, eating rice flakes and curd. The bizzare ritual is said to ensure eternal peace for the deceased, granting them a pleasant journey into the next life. While singing praises, the mourners receive food, money, clothes and other belongings in exchange for their prayers. For generations, the Jaga community has been passing this profession down from father to son, but finally believe it is time for their children to take up new jobs.

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