Search results for "disposing of the dead"

  • Disposing of the dead - Exposure

    Exposure of the body to the elements or to be consumed by animals achieves skeletonisation quickly and efficiently.

  • Disposing of the dead - an introduction

    The treatment of the dead through burial, cremation, preservation, and exposure of the body to carrion-feeders or the elements reflects a diversity of attitudes and beliefs about death and what it means. It is also a practical way of controlling the decomposition of the corpse.

  • Death: The last taboo

    View a selection of movies about how different cultures deal with death, from disposing of the body to remembering their dead through rituals, memorials and shrines.

  • Disposing of the dead - Burial

    The word burial comes from the Anglo-Saxon word birgan, meaning to conceal. The earliest archaeological evidence for the deliberate treatment of the dead is in the form of ancient burials. In some cultures, the dead were buried in cemeteries as it was illegal to bring the dead into cities.

  • Zoroastrians (India)


  • Illustration, 'Native Tombs', 1847


  • Barong mask


  • Disposing of the dead - Preservation

    The earliest deliberately preserved bodies are those of the Chinchorro culture of northern Chile which date back about 7000 years. Today, the preserved bodies of famous political leaders, such as Lenin and Mao Tse Teung, demonstrate the continuing urge to defy death in some way.

  • Body disposal - legal procedures

    Certain procedures must be carried out in order to dispose of a human body, including arranging for a funeral, certifying that a person is dead and what the cause of death was, as well as registering the death.

  • Disposing of the dead - Cremation

    Cremation is the disposal of a corpse by fire. It is an ancient and widespread practice, second only to burial. Some ancient cultures believed that fire was a purifying agent, and that cremation would light the way of the deceased to another world, or to prevent the return of the dead.

  • Burial - coffins and caskets

    The word coffin is the general term for the receptacles in which a corpse is buried. Many people use the terms coffin and casket interchangeably. To the funeral industry, however, they are two different things.

  • Mourning - an introduction

    Cultures mourn and celebrate death in different ways. Explore this diversity and the ways people remember their dead. Read about the way people prefer to dispose of their bodies and to be remembered.

  • Simbo - Skull shrines


  • Burial - Malagan ceremony, New Ireland

    The people of northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, honour the dead through Malagan ceremonies. These ceremonies assist the souls of the dead to pass into the spirit world.

  • Peruvian mummy CT scan