Top 10 Weird Ways of Cremation of Dead Bodies Around The World

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A lot of things are considered before sending our loved ones into the unknown. The method and the way we choose to honor the deceased are majorly based upon our love, emotions, convictions and beliefs. Some of the burial methods are serene and simple while others are festive and over the top. So, here is a list of ten unique and interesting ways how people treat their dead which will help you to get a deeper insight of the traditional and cultural diversity of the world we live in especially when it comes to cremation.


1. Self Immolation (Sati)

Self Immolation

Sati also known as suttee is a funeral practice among some Indian communities where the wife of the deceased immolates herself on the pyre of her husband’s funeral. Goddess Dakshayani or Sati practiced it and since then it was expected out of every perfect wife. Later, this method became highly controversial and was banned several times. Even though some view it as a glorification towards the dead wife, measures were taken to stop this unfair practice. Following protests after each instance, the government has now passed laws against the practice, which now make it illegal to be bystander at an event of sati. The law makes no distinction between mere observers and active promoters of the event and all are believed to be held evenly guilty.


2. Promession


It is another modern and environment friendly way of burial, where the dead body is disposed by freeze drying. Derived from the word “Promise”, Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak invented this process. The process involves freezing the body and placing it into nitrogen liquid to make it brittle, breaking the body into dust, drying the dust through vacuum and burying the dust in the living topsoil. The coffin becomes compost within 12 months. This inventive method has been acknowledged by the King of Sweden with an award and is practiced in more than 60 countries worldwide. The advantages of Promession than cremation are that they do not create pollution by direct emissions to the atmosphere, whereas cremation usually makes use of fossil gas like methane and releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide.


3. Towers of Silence

Towers of silence

Dakhma, better known as towers of silence, is a Zoroastrian tradition, where the dead body is exposed to scavenging birds on a circular raised structure. To prevent the pollution of earth or fire the bodies of the dead are positioned on the top of a tower—a tower of silence—and exposed to the sun. After a year, the bones of the corpse are collected from the structure and placed in a pit. There are three parts of the roof structure divided into three rings. The outer ring is for men, middle one for women and the innermost is for the children. Zoroastrians believes that the death demon contaminates the whole body of the deceased and makes it unclean. Hence, it is a rule to dispose of the dead in a safe way.


4. Bog Bodies

Bog Bodies

Bog bodies are human corpse that has been naturally mummified inside a peat bog. The levels of preservation ranges from perfectly preserved to mere skeletons. Because of the environment having highly acidic water, low temperature, little oxygen, mummification process is achieved. In this method, bones also get dissolved due to the presence of acid in the peat. Many people find it tough to imagine that the dark bog bodies were once human beings full of flesh and blood. The only things that give a little idea of how these bog bodies looked during their life were remains of clothing, hair and facial reconstructions.


5. Memorial Diamonds

Memorial Diamonds

Somewhat similar to cremation art, memorial diamonds are created from the hair or ashes of the deceased. To create hair into diamonds, hair samples are subjected to a process where carbon is extracted which is then transformed to diamonds under high pressure and high temperature. When cremated remains are used, carbon is extracted in a gaseous form. Introduced by LifeGem, this method has gained popularity in many countries including Japan, United States, Switzerland and many more.


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