The Disposal of Dead Humans - The Geographical Reasons

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 There are purely different geographical reasons responsible for different practices adopted to dispose off the dead humans all over the earth. The hindus cremate their dead ones, the muslims and the christians bury their dead ones.

The ancient India was covered with thick rich forests. The ancient hindus needed clear large tracts of this forest cover for agricultural pursuits. The burying of their adult dead ones would have resulted into loosing the large chunks of the prized pieces of the so-cleared land. Also, the wood was naturally available in large quantities. Therefore, the geographical reasons seem to have motivated the hindus to adopt the practice of cremating their dead ones rather than burying them. Of course, the hindus do bury their young children, but then it would seem that it was followed because the young dead ones didn't need large pieces of the cleared tracts for burial!

The Arab land is mostly desert in nature and devoid of any rich thick forest cover. So, the wood wasn't readily available in large quantities. Morever, the vast tracts were barren land devoid of any fertility for the agricultural purposes. Thus, the vast chunk of arid unfertile land was readily available for burying their dead ones. Therefore, the geographical reasons seem to have motivated the muslims to adopt the practice of burying their dead ones rather than cremating them.

 When today people are found dead due to aids virus then it would seem to be more scientific and logical to cremate such dead ones [who were found afflicted with the aids virus] rather than bury them because the aids virus gets killed only at 115 degrees temperature. The burial of the HIV+ dead ones could lead to the thriving of this HIV AIDS virus in the soil and its spread throughout the concerned piece of the burial land! Even otherwise too, there is no guarantee that the normal dead people being buried are free of any harmful diseases [and would not result into contamination of the land]. Also, the burial requires continuous availability of the land which goes on shrinking due to continuous burial of the dead ones. One cannot afford to leave ‘the land for burial' [as it is] for many years in view of the population-pressure requiring greater availability of land for the agricultural purposes.

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