December 2nd, 2011


“We hardly know what life is, how can we hope to understand death?” Confucius

Every day approximately 155,000 people die worldwide. Death is unavoidable, an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s our own or the death of anyone around us. What role does the inevitable death play in our lives? And do we need new rituals?



I recently visited this exhibition called Dood en Leeft (Death Matters) in the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. The aim is to shown how different people deal with death worldwide. You can emulate stories and experiences. Decide for yourself how you want to say farewell or how you want to grieve and remember.

I highly recommend this exhibition because it broaden my perception of what is the meaning of death in different cultures and religions. Depending on your beliefs  and the side of the world you were born, your soul will be taken by god, your body will be exposed for days until burial or socially accepted or will be eaten by vultures… I’m still shocked from some images and videos I saw. For those who won’t be able to visit it I took some pictures of what impressed me the most from the visual point of view.



Coffin of an unknown person apparently related to Ghana Airways.




These days the laying-out and funeral are announced in the city in posters, sometimes even on billboards. On the actual day, some families distribute T-shirts or other objects showing a portrait of the deceased, to wear and keep as a tangible memento of the person.





Apparently chinese people give simbolic offerings to their deceased ones made out of paper such as: money, clothes, shoes, electronic appliances, iphones.






2 Responses to “DEATH MATTERS Exhibition”

  1. ¡Me molan las cosas de los muertos! es increible como diferentes culturas tratan a la muerte de maneras diferentes y a la vez siempre con extraños puntos comunes.
    Enhorabuena por el blog Amparo, está increible.

  2. ¡Muchas gracias Manel! Entonces esta exposición te hubiera encantado. Este delicado tema se trató con muchísima objetividad y utilizando medios interactivos, como instalaciones de vídeos, canciones, relatos, objetos personales, testimonios.. Una parte que me interesa mucho es cómo las diferentes religiones abordan el tema y su influencia en la realidad de cada persona. Vidas, reencarnaciones, Seres Supremos, Juicios Finales… ¡Algunas interpretaciones de la religión están haciendo mucho daño a este planeta!

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