Re: OT: Corpses,etc. (was: Re: Gender in conlangs (was: Re: Umlauts (was Re:Elves and Ill Bethisad)))
|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 13, 2003, 9:44|
Staving Nik Taylor:
>Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> > > Because the Cwendaso refuse to cremate their dead, some Trehels are
> > > to wonder if they don't have souls, because anyone with a soul would
> > > obviously want to free the soul after death by cremating the body.
> > Incidentally that's exactly the view the Sohlesjn (those who
> > speak, or at any rate write, Sohlob) take. I wonder where
> > it is represented in *this* world?
>The Kassii use cremation, also to "free the soul" (if the souls are not
>reincarnated within 6 days ofthe death of their body, they die; the soul
>can also be freed by certain spirit beings, but they're a lot less
>reliable than cremation). However, that doesn't lead them to wonder
>about non-cremators having souls or not. They just feel scorn at those
>fools who let their loved ones perish.
On Huna there is a culture called "The Noble", who are the descendents of
deposed royalty. They are bandits and mercenaries, based to some extent on
the Border Rievers. Their ancestors, at the time of their original exile,
took an oath never to settle in one place until they had regained all the
lands that were rightfully theirs. They practice cremation so that even in
death they will be able to fulfill their ancestral oath.