I Always Thought He Had Beady Eyes…


A glass case contains human remains that have been turned into beads, a practice that is growing in popularity in densely populated South Korea.
A glass case contains human remains that have been turned into beads, a practice that is growing in popularity in densely populated South Korea.

In South Korea, a law passed in 2000 requires anyone burying a loved one to remove the grave after 60 years. Because of dwindling graveyard space and this resulting law, cremation has become much more popular. But families don’t always opt for ashes. Several companies there compress remains into gem-like beads in turquoise, pink or black. These “death beads” are then displayed in the home.

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