Kids Video Book About Death
Interesting Music Video Book For Kids About Death
All About Death
It doesn’t matter what race, faith, or country we live in, death is inevitable for all living beings. Some have to face this fact of life sooner than others. Some people pass through violent acts, sickness or just old age. It may not be something we want to think about, but there is actually some amazing facts about dying. Let’s take a look at the lighter side of death.
The Egyptians believed in life after death. They thought when they died they would lead a whole new life and that they would need their dead remains for the afterlife. For this reason they used the process of mummification. This process was time consuming and took up to 70 days to complete.
Since being a mummy was only for the super-rich and royalty, once they were preserved they were placed in tombs, while poor people where buried in sand. This process became so popular that by the 19th century, Egypt had so many mummies that they started using them as train fuel – so much for coming back from death and re-using your body.
Another strange death custom in the Hindu culture was Sutee. This is when a women would lie down beside her husband while he was being cremated. If she decided to flee, the people in attendance would force her back with long poles, or break her legs so she couldn’t run away.
This horrible tradition was banned in the 1829, but it didn’t stick. It was banned again in 1956 and in 1981. I guess these poor widows really are considered worthless in the Indian culture – so much for ever dating again.
If the thought of being cremated or thrown into the ground disturbs you, then you can always donate your body to science (where medical students will learn their lessons on you) or you can leave your body to the art world.
Developed by a German scientist, a method called, plastination, will leave your body in pieces and being preserved in a hardening fluid. Once your bits are all plastic-like you will be put back together and posed into various educational posses. If you weren’t able to tour around the world when you were alive, you are in luck. The Body Worlds send your corpse, along with others, to museums all around the planet.
Probably due to the terrible stench a body creates when it decomposes, burying a body dates back around 350,000 years. Archaeologists have found fossils even older than the Neanderthal Man. They have also been able to study people from bog burials.
During the Middle Ages, many people died in Northern Europe and were laid to rest in bogs. These muddy areas were full of chemicals that preserved human flesh, so years later the human is still viable enough to study.
Death is never pleasant to think about, but the many traditions around the globe can at least make us glad that times have changed.
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