Burial Traditions Throughout History

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM America/New_York

The tradition of funerals and burial history has been diverse throughout the thousands of years that humanity has existed. While a certain reverence and respect for the dead has been paid in most parts, there are many methods in which this process was carried out. 

Cave Burials

Some of the earliest traces of burial history can be traced back to Neanderthals. Though primitive in nature, they still paid respect to their dead by placing flowers on the deceased's chest before burying them in the caves that they used as homes. This showed a reverence for the bodies that was not necessarily given in all cultures.

Sky Burials

A practice in Mongolia and Tibet has taken place for thousands of years. This method of burial is called a Sky Burial. It takes place in the thought process that the soul is the essence of a person, and death leaves the body empty. Instead of burying the body in a casket or cremating it, the corpse is instead cut into multiple pieces and left atop mountains. Doing this exposes the body to elements and allows it to return to the soil. 

Raft Burials

The Greek culture has multiples takes on burial rites. If a person was revered or thought to be worthy, they were set out on rafts which were set ablaze so that their bodies could burn away. If an individual was thought to be a traitor, the body was simply left in the streets for the rats and vermin to feast upon. 

Mummification

Most people are familiar with Egyptian culture - mummification was extremely popular and the accepted method of burial. This tradition, while not followed exactly, is mirrored in multiple cultures. Above ground tombs are still a very popular tradition. Even in cultures that are less official, such as the Caviteno who are located near Manila, echo this past tradition. When a person falls ill, a tree is selected. Upon death, they are entombed within the trunk of that tree.

Modern Times

Civilization in the modern era have many different ways to handle funerals and the dead. Because so many cultures and religions are accepted, there are always options for how your body is treated after you pass away. There is always the traditional method of being embalmed, placed in a coffin, and buried in a cemetery. However, some people choose to be more environmentally conscious in their last act on earth. These people are buried in wicker baskets without any embalming preparation. In doing so, they leave no chemicals or impact on the earth. There is even the possibility of being sealed within a pod so that your body is able to grow a tree from the nutrients that your decomposing corpse would leave being. Cremation is one of the more popular methods of burial, so that your ashes can be scattered wherever you so choose.

There are many methods of burial throughout history - some civilizations practice traditions passed on through generations, while a new method is always in the wings of development for the future!

Posted in News By

Scott Steckman

Create Your Loved One’s Customized Headstone

At Legacy Headstones it is our goal to provide you with the tools you need in order to create the perfect headstones for graves that honor your loved one. Legacy Headstones has been a family run business for almost 100 years so we understand the importance of a legacy. Creation and design of headstones may have changed over the years but one thing has not, our family tradition. We are proud to have our two sons Shane and Dustyn to carry on the craft of providing people with quality headstones at affordable prices.

We understand that it is always hard to lose a loved one, and we hope that Legacy Headstones can make choosing the right memorial as easy as possible. Our free memorial designer is easy to use and helps to ensure they you are able to create the perfect headstone for the departed. It really is simple, just choose the style of headstone you wish to customize, then use the designer to add anything you wish such as a family name, favorite quote, or even an image. Our designer gives you the opportunity to continue your loved one’s legacy and pass it on to future generations!

Blog

As the name implies, it's called this because it is usually placed at the head.  Also Headstones usually face the east

Read More

DIY

In todays economy everyone is looking to save some money.  Maybe no one would think of making there loved ones headstone!  Do it Yourself Headstones just think of it.  With LegacyHeadstones.com website you can design a gravestone just the way you want it.  

Read More

We have many traditional holidays in america, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, forth of July, etc. etc. .  But Thanksgiving is a holiday that is about giving thanks for our many blessings as a nation and as a people, enjoying family and friends and eating some good food!  This Thanksgiving do something for someone, even if you don't know them.  You will be blessed for it.

Read More

The tradition of funerals and burial history has been diverse throughout the thousands of years that humanity has existed. While a certain reverence and respect for the dead has been paid in most parts, there are many methods in which this process was carried out. 

Read More

Whether you call yourself Christian, Buddhist, agnostic or atheist, there is a common thread that binds all people on this earth, and that thread is the reality of death. There is a reason that all religions have a dedicated ceremony specifically to respect the people who have moved on beyond this life. However, even people who do not consider themselves religious have an internal compass that naturally points to respecting the dead. These ideas may not be crystallized, but they are certainly there. 

Here are just a few of the reasons that it is in your best interests to respect the dead even if you are not religious.

Read More

Pets and children are a natural, loving combination. A pet's departure is often a child's first real experience with death, and parents can use the occasion as a teaching moment about the cycle of life and learning how to cope. Telling a child a pet has passed away is a difficult, but very important discussion that is best done in a familar and quiet space. The Child Development Institute offers helpful tips on how to accomplish this constructively.

Read More

Losing a pet is never an easy thing to have to deal with, especially when you have become used to their comfort and love, and the process for grieving for a lost pet is often a painful one to bear, but did you know that in most cases, it is completely illegal to bury your pet in your own yard if you do not own the property yourself? Many people do not know this, and it can cause some serious problems if the land owner decides that they are not comfortable with you having buried your pet on their property. So what do you need to know about making sure that you have the legal ability to inter your beloved animal friend? Here are a few key points to keep in mind if you have the unfortunate task of finding a final resting place for your pet. 

Read More

Tips for purchasing Headstones for Graves

  • Check your local cemetery regulations, about the gravestone size, dimension, and the gravestones they do not allow. For example, some cemeteries only allow granite and bronze headstones.
  • Decide the material, design, and inscriptionthat you want on the marker. You can go through various samples and choose the shape, style, and design of the gravestone you want, depending upon the nature and interests of the deceased.

    Furthermore, you can personalize the tombstone by getting a meaningful symbol or photograph etched on it. Besides, you can buy a pre-need monument for yourself. **Make sure you check and re-check your design for any errors, because once it is engraved on the gravestone its forever!**

Read More

Telling a child in college about the death of a family member is never easy, especially when the student is miles away from home or in the middle of midterms. In addition to the emotional upheaval devastating news of a loved one’s passing can create, campus life and classroom obligations can bring undue pressure and a conflict of commitments. Your student may feel torn between the obligation to complete important assignments and tests that could impact their future and the need to rally around family during their time of loss.

Read More

After a loved one has passed, it can be difficult to determine where to spread their ashes when it's time to say goodbye. Many family members or friends are often left to question the best location due to a lack of specifications that were made by the deceased individual.

For those who are looking for a place that will honor their loved one, there are a few factors to consider during the process and to have proper closure.

Read More