Olsen family cemetery, Maine.
© Patti Wigington
Our Northern Hemisphere readers are about to celebrate Samhain, a season associated with death and dying. In many countries in the modern world, the practice of burying the dead is common. However, it's a relatively new concept by some standards, and in some places, it's almost a novelty. In fact, many of today's contemporary funeral practices might be considered a bit strange by our ancestors. There is such a wide variety of funeral practice throughout history that it's worth taking a look at - in fact, archaeologists have learned that studying the treatment of the dead can actually give them a clue to how a culture lives: How We Care for Our Dead
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