By Keith R. Lindsay
Filled with anecdotes at the most eldritch funerals and ultimate resting locations internationally, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a side of existence that frightens most folks. Discussing the burial practices of the past—from the embalming practices of historic Egyptians to the funeral pyres utilized in India—while having a look heavily at how loss of life and funeral prone are practiced at the present time, this humorously macabre consultant solutions questions akin to what sort of celebration can be held at a funeral rite? Who might be invited to talk? should still plant life be despatched? and What song will be performed? a full of life dialogue at the historical past of being buried alive and 10 rules on the best way to cease it from taking place to you can also be incorporated.
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Even more recently, in 2003 an 80-year-old Indian man ‘woke up’ minutes before being hoisted onto his funeral pyre when he was splashed with the traditional cold water during the final preparations. ’ Worried? In that case, you might like to consider following the example of more and more prospective corpses and have your cell phone buried with you. In fact, such is the belief in witchcraft in South Africa that people are being buried with their mobile phones in case they aren’t really dead but merely under a spell.
Taverns and inns offered a full funeral, complete with service, food and, strangely enough, ale. In some cases the inn was close enough to the local burial pit to even offer to dispose of the guest of honour at chucking out time – literally. There was to be a minor glitch in the funeral poverty gap, however, with the untimely arrival of the Black Death. indd 27 20/9/06 11:30:52 am And In The End all were invited to bring out their dead to find equality of a kind on the funeral pyre or in the lime pit.
And finally perhaps our fear continues for good reason, for in 1993 a 24-year-old South African man was pronounced dead and spent the next two days in a metal drawer in the mortuary before being released. So was there a happy ending? Not quite, his girl dumped him; there was no way she going to marry a zombie who’d come back from the dead. Even more recently, in 2003 an 80-year-old Indian man ‘woke up’ minutes before being hoisted onto his funeral pyre when he was splashed with the traditional cold water during the final preparations.