Throughout human history, we have invented rituals to remember and reconnect with the dead. Studying the social evolution of these rituals can help to make sense of what we are doing today.
Back in August I took a summer school thanatology course at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. As part of the program we went on an excursion to a nearby crematorium to learn how the process of cremation actually works.
“We close our eyes in this world and open them in the next.” – So goes the saying from Game of Thrones in relation to their funeral rituals and beliefs on death. But what are the roots of their funeral customs? I dug deep into the dusty past and figured it out for you.