Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Cremated ashes turned into beads

Beads made from a relative's ashes have become popular in South Korea (AP)
Beads made from a relative's ashes have become popular in South Korea (AP)

South Koreans have found a new way to honour their dead, by having their cremated ashes turned into beads.

Changes in traditional South Korean beliefs about cherishing ancestors and a huge increase in cremation have led to a led to a handful of niche businesses that cater to those who see honouring an urn filled with ashes as an imperfect way of mourning.

About 500 people have turned their loved ones' ashes into Buddhist-style beads by one company, Bonhyang. It and several other ashes-to-beads companies say they have seen steady growth in their business in recent years.

One man Kim II-nam had the grave of his father, who died 27 years ago, dug up and the bones cremated and turned into gem-like beads for about £542.

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