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closed receptacle for a corpse. Its purpose is usually to protect and to aid preservation of the body, although in the past some have believed that it may confine the spirit of the deceased. Bark, skins, and mats were commonly used in primitive societies to wrap the body prior to burial. Peoples living near rivers or oceans often buried their dead in canoes, and hollowed oak coffins have been found in the Bronze Age barrowbarrow,
in archaeology, a burial mound. Earth and stone or timber are the usual construction materials; in parts of SE Asia stone and brick have entirely replaced earth. A barrow built primarily of stone is often called a cairn.
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. The Chaldaeans and the early Greeks enclosed a corpse in clay, sealing the coffin by firing it. The largest known stone coffins (see sarcophagussarcophagus
[Gr.,=flesh-eater], name given by the Greeks to a special marble found in Asia Minor, near the territory of ancient Troy, and used in caskets. It was believed to have the property of destroying the entire body, except for the teeth, within a few weeks.
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) are Egyptian. Wood and papier-mâché were also used in Egypt for mummy chests. Coffins lined with metal, usually lead, came into use in the Middle Ages. Most coffins used in the Western world today are made of elm or oak and are lined with bronze, copper, lead, or zinc.

What does it mean when you dream about a coffin?

A coffin may represent physical confinement or a restricting of the freedom to express oneself physically. There may be a dead or decaying situation in the dreamer’s life. As with the cocoon, a dream of being in a coffin may have a restorative meaning of rebirth. (See also Burial, Crypt, Dead/Death, Grave, Hearse).


A box of heavy shielding material, usually lead, used for transporting radioactive objects and having walls thick enough to attenuate radiation from the contents to an allowable level. Also known as cask; casket.


the part of a horse's foot that contains the coffin bone


Coffin as a dream symbol most likely evokes fear, but before making a quick interpretation, carefully consider all of the details of the dream. The coffin could symbolize a lack of energy or vitality in the dreamer. It could represent the death of one stage of life and movement into another. (Not necessarily physical death! In fact, some cultures believe that if you see a person dead and in a coffin, he will most likely live a long and healthy life!) When dreaming about coffins, we may be contemplating the nature of the death experience and may access the state of consciousness that is attuned to the spiritual world. Most simply, and most likely, the coffin in your dreams may represent feelings of confinement and lack of freedom.
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Rothery said the coffin arrived "an hour late" to the crematorium and a family friend who saw the cheap pine box called her knowing that they would have spared no expense and that something must be wrong.
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"Nobody could stomach dishonoring The Stonemaster, even if the consequence was a pine box."
They are traditionally buried in a casket of cypress wood which is sealed inside a larger lead casket and then covered with an outer pine box.
It's better he came home in a pine box than to have been sent home in disgrace."
Eschewing the humble pine box, some there are who prefer to lay their dearly departed in a stone coffin otherwise known as a sarcophagus.
Kay, 42, keeps the made-tomeasure pine box, which is lined with red satin, in her spare bedroom.