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Viking Funeral

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Yesterday i went to a Festival in whitby called the Whitby Goth Weekend, which is for goths and alternate dressers. While there, i found out about a viking funeral that was taking place that evening in whiby! A viking goth was to be clad in all his costumes and set off in a small boat on fire. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and i was even invited to go, but i had to return home that evening.

 

How amazing it must be to be cremated like that... but, is it Christian?

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It used to be that in Christianity as a whole that cremation was taboo. But, I think if one does it in a certain way for certain reasons, it's ok now (especially in Roman Catholicism, which was a big step in the area of burial).

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How amazing it must be to be cremated like that... but, is it Christian?

 

No (though, as Camillus states, there probably aren't religious objections to it these days...just good luck getting the legal ok for it tongue.gif )

 

The ancient Norse both buried their dead and cremated. There is textual evidence for both, and of course, much archaeological evidence for burials. Mound burials of important chiefs often included a wide variety of grave goods, sometimes even Viking longships!

 

In the sagas, the god Balder is cremated with the Aesir (the gods) in attendance.

 

If you're interested in learning more about the rituals of Norse religion, feel free to visit the Wyrd of Midgard Hof. biggrin.gif

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I wonder if it's technically possible to cremate a human body in a small boat. It takes a lot of heat to turn a man into ashes.

It's not legal to do this! (in my country anyway)

 

But if the spirit must be freed from the body, burning in the open may be the best way.

 

As for me: Burn me the cheapest way possible and spread my ashes in the open. Let me be carried by the wind ...

 

But: NOT YET

 

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I highly doubt the entire body would be destroyed, as in a crematorium. As you say, it takes very high heat to do that. However, I'm not at all sure that was a major concern in Viking funerals.

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Good Afternoon To You, My Gentle Friends,

 

Oh My . . .

 

All of this talk about Cremation . . .

 

Well, I suppose, we are all headed down that road sooner or later . . .

 

As for my Preference, I would take that Option of being Cremated . . .

 

But I would suggest "Later - MUCH Later" . . .

 

Have A Msot Splendiferous Afternoon . . . Forthwith . . .

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But I would suggest "Later - MUCH Later" . . .

My father-in-law, a man of little education but great wisdom says: "To die? You should save that for the end"

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He's a man of great wisdom. He doesn't say that much. Still:

"Why rush? Next week hasn't started yet"

 

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He's a man of great wisdom. He doesn't say that much. Still:

"Why rush? Next week hasn't started yet"

Spreken is zilver, zwijgen is goud. smile.gif

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Good Morning To You, Sir Polten,

 

Oh, What A Gem Your Father-In-Law Is!!! . . .

 

He sounds very much like my Beloved Daddy . . .

 

So full of Life, and Love, and Energy, and Yes, Wisdom . . .

 

Oh, how I miss My Daddy!!! . . .

 

You are SO fortunate to still have Your Father-In-Law with You . . .

 

Treasure his words, for he speaks Truth, and Wonder, and Gentleness . . .

 

Have A Most Splendiferous Morning . . . Forthwith . . .

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