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Cremation Ceremony, 1 Definition(s)


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General definition (in Hinduism)

Those who practised the cremation ceremony in early times appear to have conceived of an organized Hades, to which souls were transferred through the medium of fire, which drove away all spirits and demons who threatened mankind. Homer makes the haunting ghost of Patroklos exclaim, “Never again will I return from Hades when 1 have received my meed of fire” (Iliad, xxiii, 75). The Vedic worshippers of Agni burned their dead for the same reason as did the ancient Greeks. “When the remains of the deceased have been placed on the funeral pile, and the process of cremation has commenced, Agni, the god of fire, is prayed not to scorch or consume the departed, not to tear asunder his skin or his limbs, but, after the flames have done their work, to convey to the fathers the mortal who has been presented to him as an offering” (Muir, Original Sanskrit Texts, v. 302).

Source: Indian myth and legend: Yama, the first man, and king of the dead

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