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Burial
(2,525 words)

[German version]

A. General

After a person's death the treatment and taking of his body to a particular place called grave ( Funerary architecture), mostly connected with death rituals. Burial customs varied depending on the society's religious concepts and particularly the concepts of  afterlife and the (social) status of the deceased or those organizing the burial. The main types of burial are inhumation or cremation (ash burial). There is also evidence of …

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Hauser, Stefan R. (Berlin) and Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne), “Burial”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e215970>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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