Speaking of modern, bizarre burials, what about the controversial field of Cryonics? This method of disposing of dead bodies is not so much a burial as simply preserving the dead corpse in hopes that someday in the future it will be revived. The basic idea is that future generations will somehow figure out how to overcome death and revive frozen tissue and for some reason they will want to talk to their great-great- great-grandfather.
While this sounds like a cool, sci-fi idea, the whole procedure is still somewhat controversial, especially since some families claimed that the bodies of their loved ones were froze while still alive. If that was the case, the cryogenic companies which currently operate under the same license as a cemetery, were guilty of murder. Eventually the debate was solved as a new law ordered that the body must be dead for several minutes before cryonics specialists can start the freezing process. Unfortunately, this means that most frozen bodies are seriously damaged and completely dead before preserved.
Another obstacles in the way of reviving frozen bodies includes neurological damage, since our brain is extremely fragile and the process of cooling it down damages neurons, as well as damage due to lack of oxygen in cells. To make things even more complicated, some cryonic companies only preserve the head, in hopes that in the future we will be able to clone bodies or maybe upload the mind to a computer network. Overall, there are enough “if’s” and “maybes” involved in the whole process that we can safely consider it a bizarre form of burial, for now.
Maybe your final wish is to leave this Earth for good… and not in a figurative way either. We’re talking about literally leaving the Earth’s orbit and floating out in space, all thanks to the modern advances in rocket technology.
The first space burial was Earthview 01: The Founders Flight, a rocket which was launched into sub-orbit in 1997 and contained the ashes of 24 people. The rocket circled the earth several times and eventually crashed into the ocean in 2002. Since they eventually returned to earth we’re not even going to count this as a space burial, instead skipping ahead two years. In 1999, the remains of Dr. Shoemaker , one of the founding fathers of planetary science were dropped on the moon by a space probe.
Since then, approximately 150 people have been buried in space, mostly scientists taken into the sky by NASA pilots. However, nowadays Space Services Inc. offers the service to private individuals, and for only a few thousand dollars your ashes can be shot into space in a tiny container.
Burial tree/ Hanging coffins
Among nomadic tribes who often didn’t have the time to bury their dead, the simplest way of dealing with corpses was hanging them in a tree. This ensured that the body wouldn’t get eaten by wild animals and the tribe didn’t have to tend to a cemetery or dig deep holes into the ground. The Sioux were particularly fond of this practice and apparently chose to have the dead body hanging in a sack made out of Buffalo skins on top of a wooden platform.
The practice was also common in China, among the Bo people, an ancient tribe that hung their dead off of cliff sides.
- - Self-Mummification: http://www.pinktentacle.com/images/monk_mummy_1.jpg
- - Air burials: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BombayTempleOfSilenceEngraving.jpg
- - Plastination: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/Plastinate-forming.jpg
- - Cryogenics: http://api.ning.com/files/XdD4BCidXcnnPMriHQfRvi21ahCFZnGXv4mT-fEnYyjgkPe1Ue6MNv-yPRw4ynhN9Vi59z9kWmw9ZRYsGjwNhPX7NkZYosXE/futuramaspacepilot30002.jpg
- - 5. Space burial: http://www.theunexplainedmysteries.com/Images/Space-Burial1.jpg
- - Burial tree/ Hanging coffins: http://qmackie.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/wilson-tree-burials.jpg?w=500&h=399