• Funerary Customs & Traditions
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By Crusader1307

The Haniwa were clay figures designed to represent an important part of a deceased persons life. Mostly associated with Asian Royalty, The Haniwa could be carved Soldiers (to watch over The Grave), Icon of various Gods or Goddess (for Protection), to representations of bowls (food), to animals (Horse, Cow or Donkey – transportation). These Haniwa were arranged in a circular pattern above a ground grave or in front of a Tomb Entrance. They are dated to both Ancient China and later Ancient Japan (3rd to 6th Centuries AD). Never painted or likewise embellished, they were fire hardened into a stone-like quality.