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Hinduism - What Is Maranashaucha?


Maranashaucha is a term used to describe death-induced ritual impurity (ashaucha) (marana).

Hair, spittle, pus, blood, and other biological effluvia are all considered causes of impurity, but a corpse is the most unclean of them.

Any death triggers the most virulent impurity, which affects the whole family.

This irrationality must be carefully restrained and managed via the funeral ceremonies for the sake of the family's safety (antyeshthi samskara).

The substantial ceremonial difference between birth and death may be seen here.

Although birth introduces impurity (sutakashaucha) to the family due to the body products associated with it, this impurity is seen as less violent since the birth of a child is an auspicious and life-affirming occurrence.

Death, on the other hand, is said to bring ill luck, so the family must not only deal with the impurity, but also with the inauspiciousness brought on by the death.


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Hinduism - What Is The Ritual Significance Associated With Hair In Hinduism? What Is Chudakarana(Tonsure Ceremony)?


Head and facial hair, according to ancient Hindu conceptions of purity and impurity (ashaucha), trap and maintain ritual impurities.

In most situations, this impurity is simply washed away with flowing water, just like the rest of the body.

Men will often complete their time of impurity by shaving both their heads and beards in circumstances of especially violent impurity, such as that associated with death (maranashaucha).

They may also get their nails trimmed, indicating a belief that any non-essential elements of the body should be eliminated in order to eliminate any remaining impurities.

The chudakarana, or tonsure ceremony, which marks the ceremonial end of infancy and removes any residual impurities left over after delivery, also involves shaving the head.

Men are normally the ones who shave their heads in adulthood; women usually provide a symbolic strand of hair as a sign for the entire, however women may have their heads shaved to fulfill a religious commitment.

Shaving the head is rather frequent, but shaving the body hair is not—the Sanskrit language has separate terminology for these two forms of hair, and they are regarded to be completely different entities. 


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