Death Rituals (Douglas Davies, video)

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Professor Douglas Davies, Department of Theology and Religion, discusses the development of rituals in crematoria, and woodland and natural burials.

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  1. Waiting for Jesus: How America Turned Cemeteries into Superfund Sites for a Profit.

    Although the above is a spoof title, it says a lot about the state of death in America.

  2. KING CLAUDIUS
    Now, Hamlet, where’s Polonius?

    HAMLET
    At supper.

    KING CLAUDIUS
    At supper! where?

    HAMLET
    Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain
    convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your
    worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all
    creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for
    maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but
    variable service, two dishes, but to one table:
    that’s the end.

    KING CLAUDIUS
    Alas, alas!

    HAMLET
    A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a
    king, and cat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.

    KING CLAUDIUS
    What dost you mean by this?

    HAMLET
    Nothing but to show you how a king may go a
    progress through the guts of a beggar.

    KING CLAUDIUS
    Where is Polonius?

    HAMLET
    In heaven; send hither to see: if your messenger
    find him not there, seek him i’ the other place
    yourself. But indeed, if you find him not within
    this month, you shall nose him as you go up the
    stairs into the lobby.

    What more can you say?

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