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the act of putting a dead person or animal under ground

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What are the mandates of BACSA?

What are the mandates, functions and funding sources of British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia ? Are there parallel organisations in other Non- Christian nations ?
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Are non-Christians buried in Christian cemeteries?

A prominent Christian cemetery in New Delhi has a grave containing the mortal remains of a former President of India, a Hindu by profession. His wife was a practicing Christian; kept some ashes after ...
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What do the unconventional shapes of coffins of Christian burial in some countries signify?

Coffins for the burial of Christians are traditionally made either in a hexagonal form with tapering at the shoulder point, or in a rectangular shape with proportionate length and width. But, ...
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Why was the dead body of Saul cremated?

We read in 1 Samuel 31 how Saul, his sons and generals killed themselves rather than surrender to Philistines. The valiant men of Israel retrieved their dead bodies ,burned them and buried the bones ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? (non-Trinitarian perspective)

How do non-Trinitarian Christians respond to the question where did Jesus go and what did he do between His death and resurrection? This question is asked as a parallel to this existing question. ...
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Where did Jesus go and what did he do between His Death and Resurrection?

Without going into the specifics of three days and three nights or some configuration, where and what did Jesus go and do between the time of His death/burial and His resurrection, if anything? We ...
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Aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) as alternative to burial or cremation; NY Catholic Conference and Catholic Church's current position?

Wikipedia's Desmond Tutu (the former archbishop of the Anglican_Diocese_of_Cape_Town, theologian, and known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist) says: A Funeral Mass was held ...
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What were the justifications given by administrations which allowed the burial of the religious and the laity in the church

We read in Ezekiel 43: 6-10 how God spoke to the prophet, of the importance of keeping the temple holy: Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to ...
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Does the delayed burial of Jesus attest to the fact that he had no close relatives other than his mother?

As per the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus breathed his last at 3.00 p.m.on Friday (27: 46-50) We read again in Mtt 27: 57-58 : When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named ...
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May a Catholic have thier cremated remains poured out at sea?

My mother, a Roman Catholic in good standing, passed recently and wished to be cremated and her ashes poured out at sea. A young priest at her parish, fresh out of seminary, indicated that such a ...
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Does the Catholic Church have a written rule on the depth of a grave in a cemetery?

There is an old saying which goes like this : "A dead man is the landlord of six feet ! " It most probably owes its origin to the custom of burying the dead under six feet of land. I am curious to ...
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Do the Rogue Pits of cemeteries still exist?

In the not-so-good old days, there used to be an annexe to the Christian cemetery, called Rogue Pit in some places, where members who had commited suicide or had lived sinful public life would be ...
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Why does the Catholic Church prefer burials over cremation?

In a copy of Order of Christian Funerals that my deacon owns, it says this regarding burial and cremation: 413 Although cremation is now permitted by the Church, it does not enjoy the same value as ...
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Why is the interlocking-squares (gammadia) a symbol of the Melchizedek Priesthood?

I was reading about the relatively new discovery of the Apostle Phillip's gravesite in Turkey, and it briefly mentioned that the square was represented in his grave and it was significant because the ...
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Are Catholics expected to bury amputated body parts in a cemetery?

I remember seeing, some forty years ago, the Catholic family of a cancer patient burying his amputated leg in the local cemetery. I do not know if Christians all over the world still practice such ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that destroying a grave or body is an act of desecration?

I was reading an old article published in Christian Today on July 17, 2014, in which Brownie Marie reported that ISIS desecrated the tomb of Jonah, and were burning churches. The only thing I could ...
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What should I expect at a Roman Catholic funeral?

A funeral notice announces a "mass of Christian burial" (at a Roman Catholic church in the US) followed by a burial followed by a luncheon. As an outsider I have a few questions about what to expect: ...
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Why are people traditionally buried facing east?

During a burial today, I noticed the coffin was buried facing east. Where does this Christian tradition come from?
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According to the Bible, is cremation an acceptable Christian practice? [closed]

I have heard some people speak against cremation for Christians, because of the ties it has to some eastern religions. But what does the Bible actually say about cremation, or any other burial ...
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