I was familiar with the complex rituals surrounding a traditional Hindu funeral through my research on Asian religious traditions. The body was draped in flowers and blessed by a Hindu priest chanting from the ancient Vedic texts that are the foundation of Hindu ritual practice. There were so many things, however, that made this funeral feel amiss, including the use of Q-tips and plastic gloves while anointing the body with turmeric in rituals that had been performed largely without change for centuries. I was constantly reminded that these were not normal times. The digital interface only added to the sense that this was somehow not real, like a scene from a Netflix series or a newsreel of a far-off land.