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Burial Beliefs
Steff Sthridge
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I always have this prevailing thought on traditional beliefs regarding death. As much as I wanted to discover many things about it, I couldn't be able to do so because of this certain fear I have inside. I believe that the answer to mysteries of why do people die have not yet been revealed. As such, I also get intrigued of burial and the different beliefs associated with religion and spirituality. Rituals have varied broadly with time and place, and have often mixed directly with religious perception. They provide critical insight into cultures, as well as making for interesting reading. For instance, he Muslim religion has a very clear set of protocols for dealing with the deceased. The body must be placed on its sides and washed with warm water and soap, generally by a member of the same sex, with the final washing having scented water. There must be an odd number of washings (a trend against odd numbers is also visible in the Hindu faith), some of the stomach's must be pushed out, and the teeth and nose must be cleaned on the outside as a form of ablution (spiritual cleansing). Then the body is dried, perfumed, and wrapped in white cloth. Burial prayers are then said facing Mecca before a silent procession takes the corpse to its burial, where everyone shares in filling the grave with soil and a second pit with bricks while saying additional prayers. On the other hand, a lot is known about Egyptian burial. Thanks to the attractiveness of the pyramids that served as tombs for their kings. The bodies were treated with spices, herbs and chemicals so that they became mummies rather than decomposing. The corpses were then placed in cotton cloth wrappings and put inside of a wooden case that was put inside of another case that was decorated with details of their life and a mask of their face. This was then placed in a coffin that was put in a sarcophagus. However, the bodies of poor people were treated less elaborately, but on the other hand cats, sacred animals, were mummified. The powder of mummies was sold in the Middle Ages by apothecaries. Mummies were also produced in Peru and Mexico.
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RE: Burial Beliefs
Tom Gray
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BUMP

 Check this blog post about changing burial practices!

Tom Gray
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