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disposal of a corpse in a gravegrave,
space excavated in the earth or rock for the burial of a corpse. When a grave is marked by a protective or memorial structure it is often referred to as a tomb. See burial; funeral customs.
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 or tombtomb,
vault or chamber constructed either partly or entirely above ground as a place of interment. Although it is often used as a synonym for grave, the word is derived from the Greek tymbos [burial ground]. It may also designate a memorial shrine erected above a grave.
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. The first evidence of deliberate burial was found in European caves of the Paleolithic period. Prehistoric discoveries include both individual and communal burials, the latter indicating that pits or ossuaries were unsealed for later use or that servants or members of the family were slain to accompany the deceased. Both practices have been followed by various peoples into modern times. The ancient Egyptians developed the coffin to keep bodies from touching the earth; this burial practice was continued by the Greeks and Romans when they used the burial form of disposal. The word burial has been applied to funerary practices other than interment, such as sea burial, or tree burial (which usually precedes later interment). Secondary burial frequently occurs to terminate a period of mourning (see funeral customsfuneral customs,
rituals surrounding the death of a human being and the subsequent disposition of the corpse. Such rites may serve to mark the passage of a person from life into death, to secure the welfare of the dead, to comfort the living, and to protect the living from the
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). See also cemeterycemetery,
name used by early Christians to designate a place for burying the dead. First applied in Christian burials in the Roman catacombs, the word cemetery came into general usage in the 15th cent.
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What does it mean when you dream about burial?

A dream about attending someone’s burial service may symbolize bidding farewell to old conditions and relationships in the dreamer’s life. (See also Coffin, Crypt, Dead/Death, Grave, Hearse).


Dreaming about funerals or burying a dead person does not necessarily symbolize physical death for you or anyone else. It could instead symbolize an ending of a different kind. You may be burying relationships, conditions, or even emotions that you no longer need and which are no longer conducive to your personal growth. On the other hand, this dream may symbolize the burying of sensitivities and emotions that are too difficult to cope with. It may reflect numbness or a feeling that is the opposite of vivacity, such as depression and emptiness. Either way, burying a living person suggests some emotional turmoil. Please consider all of the details in this dream to find the appropriate message. Old dream interpretation books say that dreaming about burials is a dream of the contrary. Instead of sadness the dreamer will experience happiness and go to celebrations, such as weddings.
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While some may regard this form of burial as odd, remember that Jesus was laid to rest in a shroud without embalming or a burial vault.
Radio Farda said the burials at the University of Tehran were carried last week while the campus was closed for the Ashura religious holiday.
Burials at sea are rare and are subject to their own rules and regulations.
Modern western-world burial practices are arguably absurd, all things considered: We pack our dearly departed with synthetic preservatives and encase them in impenetrable coffins meant to defy the natural forces of decomposition that have been turning ashes to ashes and dust to dust for eons.
He said: "There have been one or two instances elsewhere in the country where a white gypsum-like material has been found in burials, which turns hard, like concrete.
The resolution would make three findings: that the site is not an endowment-care cemetery, that it has not had more than 10 burials within the past five years, and that it presents a threat or danger to the public's health, safety, comfort or welfare.
Two years ago this week Ifor and Eira Humphreys opened a green burial site at 200-acre Upper Bryntalch at Abermule, Newtown.
Of 30 known burials from that time period and area, 6 held more than one person.
The 313-acre cemetery, in Lake Worth, is expected to open for burial in the winter of 2006-07.
Eighteen burials have taken place so far on the Mid Wales family farm, all using biodegradable coffins, in a meadow overlooking the Severn Valley and the Kerry Hills.
Pope Formosus, who died in 896, had several burials.
Beginning with the slave ship voyages and continuing to the post-Reconstruction period, the burials accorded to enslaved African peoples were often characterized by indifference and expediency.