By Keith R. Lindsay
Choked with anecdotes at the most eldritch funerals and ultimate resting areas internationally, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a side of lifestyles 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 advisor solutions questions corresponding to what sort of occasion could be held at a funeral rite? Who can be invited to talk? should still plant life be despatched? and What tune can be performed? a full of life dialogue at the background of being buried alive and 10 principles on the right way to cease it from occurring to you is additionally integrated.
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From around the same time the Chamberlain to the Czar of Russia, Count Karnice-Karnicki, invented his own safety coffin after witnessing a Belgian girl almost buried alive. His idea used the rise and fall of the chest to set off a series of signals including a flag, a bell that rang for 30 minutes and a lamp, in case it was dark. No real account seems to have been taken of those poor souls whose breathing was so shallow that it could never set off any type of device or who may have been alive but unconscious, but I suppose what you don’t know can’t hurt you.
Of course, these people were the lucky ones (except for the Iona monk). They lived to tell the tale, and no doubt endlessly. Others were not so lucky, many others it seems. Although we only have evidence long after the fact, as it were. In South Carolina the skeleton of a girl was found out of her coffin and behind the door of her mausoleum. And when the time came for Thomas à Kempis to be transferred to the ossuary, they found scratches on the lid of his coffin. indd 40 20/9/06 11:30:55 am Being Buried Before Your Time This actually cost him a sainthood for not accepting his deliverance to God a bit early.
The Haitians once smoke-cured their dead and hung them from the walls of their houses like ornaments. Thus instead of family heirlooms, your heirlooms were your family, which in the case of certain South American tribes that meant jewellery made from their bones. In certain arctic and sub-arctic areas, the prehistoric practice of simply leaving the body to its own devices was alive and well long after the world became merely historic. Well, you try digging a grave in permafrost. In Central Asia the old Mongol method of letting the wild things chomp on the body transmuted into them keeping their own hairy funeral directors called dogs to devour the meaty morsels after inhumation.
And in the End: A Guide to the World's Weirdest Funerals by Keith R. Lindsay