The Alexandrian Death Rites first see the body lovingly wrapped in linen by the next of kin and then carried on a ceremonial stretcher upon the shoulders of four strong relatives or friends. The Death Parade is led by the attendant Death Scribe twice through the streets of the deceased's neighbourhood to symbolise his journey from life to death, and as a call for loved ones to follow.

After the second circuit, the Parade travels on foot to the Death Spires? where the body is laid upon the altar. The Death Scribe then conducts a ceremonial cremation, ending the ritual by placing the ashes in a small jar1 that is then stored on a shelf inside one of the Spires.

Footnotes

  1. The ceremonial jars used to store the ashes of Alexshire's dead are normally made of clay but can be highly decorative and are always engraved with the name of the deceased contained within. Even the poor try to make these jars personal, often making their own, while wealthier citizens can afford full customisation.