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- Funeral Svs is as old as the history of man, preceding such more recent developments as the treatement of disease, the formation of goverments & even the formation of definite religious beliefs.
- Primitave man lived in a world of fear
Prmitive man lived in a world of fear:
- a. fear of the unknown
- b. death of any man
- c. spirits could control everything that happened
- d. burial attempts were crude & were to protect the living from the spirits that caused the death
Who attempted to protect the living:
- Aryan tribes
- Romans & Greeks
- Orthodox Jews
burned their dead & placed the ashes in urns built in the shape of huts called "round burrows"
they would throw their dead to hordes of dogs the inhavited barren spots just outside their cities
they practiced "Cannibalism"
they chopped the flesh of their dead, preserved the meat & then ground the bones to be mixed with food and eaten
they believed anyone who touched a corpse was unclean for a certain period of time
Romans & Greeks
they buried their dead by night so as not to pollute the sunlight
they would open windows to allow evil spirits to escape
practiced "wife burning"