An unusual ancient burial
In different Nations that inhabited our planet in ancient times, there were different traditions of burial of the dead, is often very unusual. Both were buried in ancient times? Here are interesting facts about some very unusual burials.
Among some peoples of Ancient China (e.g. people’s Bo) was taken to suspend the coffin with the body of the deceased on a high rock, and on the side facing to human habitation. It was believed that mountains are a bridge between earthly life and afterlife, and the dead in the tombs will protect the living and bring them luck. The hanging coffins were made from a solid single piece of wood and placed on special stands, hammered into the rock. The oldest burial found is 3000 years old and the youngest is 400.
In Ancient Persia, the main religion was Zoroastrianism (he was later superseded by Islam), according to which the dead were not supposed to defile the earth and air, therefore corpses could not be burned or buried in the ground. On a high rock tower was constructed with a deep well in the center (Tower of silence). Inside the tower were three levels: one for men, one for women and one for children. The dead were stripped completely and put in the tower, where their bodies pecked birds. Then the family climbed the Tower of silence and threw the remaining bones into the well. In modern Iran, so burying is prohibited by law, so few adherents of Zoroastrianism, so as not to defile the land, the dead are buried in cement.
In ancient times, some peoples of Siberia and the Far East were burying the dead in trees. The reason is simple: the earth in those frozen places – a grave to dig, to burn, too, does not – dense forest. Wealthy people are first put adults sleep in coffins, and children in cradles, and then hung on a high tree. The poor just tied the body to the trunk or just put on the branches. It is clear that sooner or later the body fell and became prey to predators.
The Vikings brought the deceased in a specially-built ship, fully equip it, put provisions, the bodies of dead dogs and horses. Then the ship was set on fire and floated.
Many of the peoples of Northern Europe were buried the deceased in sphagnous swamps. The conditions in them are such that the bodies of many thousands of years do not decompose and sometimes even float on the surface. Such swamp called “swamp people” or “the swamp of human organs”. I find it interesting that “bog people” preserved all the skin and internal organs, but the bones under the influence of acidic environment completely disappear.
In pre-Christian times Slavs buried their dead in the ground, and poured on top of the mound. Later this tradition was adopted by the Scythians. Especially impressive are the tombs of the Scythian rulers. Body they sank 12 meters deep, and the mound was up to 20 meters in height. From the tomb where lay the king, were the numerous corridors in the tomb of servants, cooks and horses – they were all killed to serve the master in the afterlife.
The natives of new-Hebrides Islands to bury bodies without heads, and their skulls are stored in a special room. If necessary they make totems.
In Colombian territory in ancient times lived moisci that embalmed bodies of prominent people and brave warriors, believing them to be Holy. The mummy “took” an active part in the life of the tribe: when collecting on the tribal Council their bodies were brought out from the vaults, so they passed on their wisdom of living; but if the war started – in the hottest point of the battle to give courage to the soldiers.
In the Tibet of the dead young children, the ruling dynasty was put in a clay vessel, which was suspended in the house to the ceiling. After 9 months the remains were cremated and made amulets.