Muslim Culture: The Washing Of The Body

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A special custom observed in the Muslim culture upon death is the washing of the body. After death, the body is undressed and laid on a high table. A piece of white cloth is usually used to cover most of the body. Elders, skilled in the rules of Muslim burial, carry out this ritual. Washing starts from the top and goes to the bottom. The body is turned to the left side and warm water is splashed over the right side, then reversed. This process happens three times. Certain perfumes are usually applied over the body. Men wash the male body, but if no men are available, women who are related by birth or marriage may do so. Only women wash the female body. Any woman may touch the female body, but no men are allowed, even the husband, unless women
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