In Soul Of The Beast and Awakening Of The Beast, the bodies of the dead are cremated. Cremation is the burning of a dead body until all that is left are ashes. This method of disposing of the dead is used in many parts of the world, including the United States. Other practices we’re familiar with are burial in the ground and placing the body inside a stone structure (mausoleum, tomb, pyramid, temple).
There are other ways of dealing with the dead that are less familiar to us:
Leaving the dead body on the ground for animals to eat.
Building a mound of earth or a pile of stones over the body.
Dropping the dead body into the sea. (Burial at sea)
Mummification (preservation of the body to stop rotting) and placing it where it can be seen and worshiped.
Sending the body out to sea on a burning ship (vikings).
Placement of the body inside a sealed cave to rot. After decomposition of the body is complete, all that remains are the bones. (The bones are stored separately or placed with other bones in an “ossuary”. Wikipedia definition of ossuary …a chest, building, well, or site made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains.)
Below are excerpts about other ways cultures deal with their dead. The information comes from the online website matadornetwork. Continue reading