Viking ship burials, cremation, internment, sky burials, mummification,… There are so many aspects of death rituals. An early discussion of anthropology and religion asked two peoples: How much would we have to pay you to get you to eat your dead? and How much would we have to pay you to NOT eat your dead? and each side said that no one could pay them enough to fail in their duty to their beloved dead. Some rites were designed to make sure the dead stayed in their graves- away from the living. Others were designed to help them move from the community of the living to the community of the ancestors. Others are designed to maintain the relationships between the dead and their survivors. Some rites are designed for the living and not the dead. Which are the most important to you and why?
Tchipakkan, and Rob Nolan
We will be discussing dying: how we prepare for it, and what we expect after we die. From Near Death experiences, to “bucket lists”, to arranging what kind of end-of-life care you want, to how you want your body disposed of, how does what you believe about post-death experience impact what you want done during and after your death to your body?