Deaths Overwhelm Japanese Burial Process

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Noriaki Ito, priest, Higashi Hongganji Buddhist temple
John Nelson, professor and chair of theology and religious studies, University of San Francisco

The magnitude of the tragedy has overwhelmed many of the burial rituals practiced in Japan, and added to the sense of loss for many families. Most Japanese adhere to Buddhist rituals to honor the dead, where priests read scripture and chant sutras before cremating and burying the deceased.



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