from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The preparation of the body of a deceased person and placement of it in a coffin, especially in a ceremonial or ritualistic manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of placing a corpse in a coffin; coffining.
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In Japan, a young man apprentices to the trade of "encoffinment," the preparation of corpses before their cremation.
He is hired by the gruff but intuitive Sasaki (Tsutomu Yamazaki) for a job that roughly translates to "encoffinment."
The rite of encoffinment may prepare the dead for a peaceful departure, but in some quarters it's considered abnormal and its practitioners unclean.