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Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions
"Traditional "clean burials" involve cleansing the deceased by fire in a pit and then compressing the skeletal remains, wrapping them in a cloth woven from trees, and burying them in a basket."
history  death 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Grisly British witch pits were used in rituals until 1970s, archaeologists discover | The Australian
"One pit, lined with the skin of a swan turned inside out, came from the 1640s as expected. Another, made of cat fur, was from the mid-18th century. A third pit contained the skeleton of a dog laid on top of its own pelt no earlier than the 1950s.

"Gradually, Dr Wood began to piece together more fragments of what she now believes to be “an unbroken method of ritual from the civil war to the present day”."
cult  magic  death  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
The Dying Russians by Masha Gessen | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
"In the seventeen years between 1992 and 2009, the Russian population declined by almost seven million people, or nearly 5 percent—a rate of loss unheard of in Europe since World War II. Moreover, much of this appears to be caused by rising mortality. By the mid-1990s, the average St. Petersburg man lived for seven fewer years than he did at the end of the Communist period; in Moscow, the dip was even greater, with death coming nearly eight years sooner."
society  death 
september 2014 by warrenellis

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