And in the End: A Guide to the World's Weirdest Funerals by Keith R. Lindsay

By Keith R. Lindsay

Packed with anecdotes at the most eldritch funerals and ultimate resting areas internationally, this guidebook is a tongue-in-cheek romp to a side of existence that frightens most folk. Discussing the burial practices of the past—from the embalming practices of historic Egyptians to the funeral pyres utilized in India—while having a look heavily at how loss of life and funeral companies are practiced this present day, this humorously macabre consultant solutions questions resembling what sort of social gathering may be held at a funeral rite? Who might be invited to talk? should still vegetation be despatched? and What track will be performed? a full of life dialogue at the historical past of being buried alive and 10 rules on find out how to cease it from taking place to you can also be incorporated.

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In Wales you can even order your coffin with your Campari while you’re at the bar of a certain pub. The landlord will serve you your drink, measure you up and construct the coffin for you after closing time. indd 50 20/9/06 11:30:57 am Little Boxes The Chinese also like to be well prepared for the big day and will invite their neighbours round to admire the detail and workmanship on the beautiful coffin their loving son has provided for them. In the US the sale of interment vessels is big, no huge, business, and though they still offer you the time-honoured oak, walnut, pine or mahogany options they’ll probably point out to you that metal is the new wood.

Possibly the most expensive ingredients of the medieval funeral were the prayers. After all, prayers were meant to be a direct line to God, and asking nicely for a little forgiveness for others went a long way. But, naturally, no one ever gets something for nothing and when it came to having a chat on your behalf with the Almighty, money talked. And finally there was some good news for the poor since their prayers were apparently worth more remission when the decedent faced the Purgatory parole board.

On the Indian sub-continent they had their own little funeral peccadillo, until the British Colonial powers put a stop to it. Certain Hindus practised ‘suttee’, or – to put it bluntly – wife burning. As the deceased wouldn’t be able to live without his wife after death, the widow was either expected to lie down next to her dead husband on his funeral pyre, or (as was more likely) was thrown on. Apparently not everyone was too upset by the banning of the practice. indd 21 20/9/06 11:30:51 am A Little Light History – Part II The Middle Ages From the Florentine peasant to the Bishop of York, the growing population of the medieval world were totally obsessed with death and the funeral.

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