Monday, November 10, 2008

A strange funeral tradition

HT: Sharon Gray.

Mike: You haven't had any Zoroastrians looking for services at your place, have you?

1 comment:

Mike Darus said...

No families have requested the vulture treatment yet. However, quite a few request the heretic treatement a la John Wycliffe:

"The Council of Constance declared Wycliffe (on 4 May 1415) a stiff-necked heretic and under the ban of the Church. It was decreed that his books be burned and his remains be exhumed. The latter did not happen until twelve years afterward, when at the command of Pope Martin V they were dug up, burned, and the ashes cast into the River Swift, which flows through Lutterworth." (from Wikipedia)

Cremation with scattering was once reserved for the "worst" of heretics. Now it is for almost 50% of Americans!