By Tom Jokinen
At forty-four Tom Jokinen started to heavily query the secular funeral rites which are taking on the undefined: is that this fairly the way in which we wish to say our ultimate goodbyes? The query had any such tough grip on his Finnish soul that he determined to surrender his activity on the way to turn into an apprentice undertaker. Curtains is ready what he discovered, from the mundane to the macabre. one of the issues he realized: in cremation, the center and head are the final components to burn; red lipstick appears most sensible on a lifeless guy; funeral administrators were identified to bop through the provider - out of sight of funeral goers, after all, and with the maximum recognize for the useless. For an individual who's secretly puzzled why they paid $2000 for a 5-lb bag of airborne dirt and dust - or puzzled no matter if that airborne dirt and dust used to be quite the individual they enjoyed - Curtains lifts the veil at the funeral within the twenty first century.
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The public ritual intensified some of these private practices: the public prothesis lasted longer than the one day allotted to private rituals, more people were involved in the public rites, and a city leader delivered the oration. While Solon had limited pomp at Archaic funerals,75 the public rite unashamedly provided a spectacle and gave the honor of burial and an oration to anyone who had died for the city. Aretē and kleos were no longer the prerogatives of the elite but were offered to anyone and everyone who had fallen.
Herodotos describes how slavishly the soldiers were treated during the battle, as the Persian leaders whipped their troops from behind to force them to move forward. 29 After his victory, Xerxes gathered the bodies of the Lakedaimonians, Thespians, and helots. Then he buried nineteen thousand of his dead, leaving only one thousand on the field to conceal the price of victory, and summoned his allies to view the battlefield. So many desired to witness the aftermath that it proved difficult to find a boat to make the crossing, and the spectators spent the entire day viewing the battleground.
Hal. Ant. Rom. 4. I do not use the content of the funeral oration to date the state institution of public burial, because it was an addition and because nearly all of the surviving orations are from the fourth century. Nevertheless, the orations have been dated most convincingly to the years immediately after the Persian Wars: Thomas 1989, 207–213, following in part Kierdorf 1966. 104. Prize vessels: IG I3 523–525; Jung 2006, 63–64; see also Charlier et al. 2009. 105. δίφρυος ἐδμήθημεν ὑπὸ πτυχί· σῆμα δ’ ἐφ’ ἡμῖν / ἐγγύθεν Εὐρίπου δημοσίαι κέχυται.
Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training by Tom Jokinen