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CREMATION.

CREMATION. Cremation, or the burning of the bodies of the dead, may be said to be an ancient custom with all countries excepting Egypt, where they were embalmed, Judea, where they were buried in sepulchres, and China, where they were buried in earth. In Greece only suicides, unteethed children and persons struck by lightning were denied the right of burial. At Rome one of the Twelve Tables said hominem mortuum in urbe ne sepelito neve urito, and in fact from the close of the republic until the end of the fourth century burning was the rule, although Macrobius says it was disused in the reign of Theodosius. The Chinese were influenced by the doctrines of Feng-Shui, which taught that they must be buried in a grave on their own land, hence, the Chinese who die in California are sometimes sent to their homes for burial. Even the Jews used cremation in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

CREMATION.

JAMA , Volume XXX (24) – Jun 11, 1898

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1898 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1898.72440760029002j
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Abstract

Cremation, or the burning of the bodies of the dead, may be said to be an ancient custom with all countries excepting Egypt, where they were embalmed, Judea, where they were buried in sepulchres, and China, where they were buried in earth. In Greece only suicides, unteethed children and persons struck by lightning were denied the right of burial. At Rome one of the Twelve Tables said hominem mortuum in urbe ne sepelito neve urito, and in fact from the close of the republic until the end of the fourth century burning was the rule, although Macrobius says it was disused in the reign of Theodosius. The Chinese were influenced by the doctrines of Feng-Shui, which taught that they must be buried in a grave on their own land, hence, the Chinese who die in California are sometimes sent to their homes for burial. Even the Jews used cremation in

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 11, 1898

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