Had an interesting day today. Went on a field trip to the mosque in tempe for my elements of intercultural communication course (don't ask) with about 10 other students. We were scheduled for a tour and to observe their 1:00 prayer service. During the tour one of the girls asked about Muslim funeral serverices and how they prepare the body of the deceased. After answering the questions, our tour guide told us that they were having a funeral today after the prayer service, and we were welcome to attend. Yeah, it seemed a little strange, but I decided to stick around for it with about 5 of the other students. After the prayer service we were led to an outside courtyard were people were gathering for the funeral. I was slightly suprised to see the body of the deceased in the courtyard. There was no casket, the body was laying on a table simply wrapped in white cloth. The service was less than five minuets long. It consisted of a few short prayers said in Arabic. We were also invited to join in the prayers, but already feeling awkward enough, we all simply stood to the side and observed. Much to our suprise, after the service was over, our guide asked if we would like to view the body. Only me and one other girl took him up on this offer (apparently my instructor was getting a bit sick by this time). He walked us up to the body and spent about ten more minuets explaining preparation, service, and burial. Ok, all it all it still seems a bit wierd to me, but I definently walked away with an experience I won't soon forget.