Death is one of the few constants in life. Taboo explores how several cultures deal with their dead, ironically gaining unique insights into how each group approaches life. In the United States, entrepreneurs earn a good living from the dead, coaxing the deceased’s last stories from its body. In the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, India, “untouchables” are both reviled and respected for their handling of the dead. And in Indonesia, a dead relative demands an elaborate funeral that can bankrupt the survivors. Around the globe, what is held as taboo in one culture is simply considered the most natural way to handle death in another.
Death Taboo National Geographic Documentary