One of the oddest sights that can be beheld by the traveler in the Far East. The procession is led by a gong band creating terrific noises to scare away the evil spirits. Giant grotesque figures are employed for the same purpose. All the friends of the deceased parade to the grave where, while the casket is being lowered and covered with cement, they partake of a meal furnished by the deceased's relatives. It is the Chinese custom to feast and be happy as a fitting culmination to the long days of prayer and vigil. The rites and ceremonies of a Chinese funeral are the most interesting of any burial.