What I know about India:
Anything found in the novels of Vikram Seth, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Salman Rushdie.
Some of the provinces' food. YUMMY!
A bit of Hindu philosophy, especially about Brahman, Brahma, Vishnu and Kali. Hanuman, Ganesh and Krisna. Buddha.
The English were idiots, to build canals all over a tropical continent. It was a good thing you all helped Gandhi to politely ask them to leave.
I don't think that reverance or respect for the dead needs the dead to be hidden from sight completely. It is the attitude that you bring, as a witness to a dead body, that matters, not the display and witnessing of a dead body, per se.