In Mesopotamia they buried their dead, but they
did not try to preserve the bodies.
Grave markers above ground were rare.
Cremation was also rare because that involved
building a big fire in a place with not much
wood, so it would cost a lot.
People were buried
beneath their houses or
in a grave yard.
Normally they were
buried in stone or a
coffin. The most often
was 1-2 stone pots.
In Egypt they believed that when someone died their
spirit was permanently with the body. So they
preserved the body.
In Egypt because of the sand, air, and climate the
bodies could be preserved. They did this by burying the
bodies shallow pits in the sand to dry.
Some mummies were put in museums by
archeologists, and some were destroyed for
The average life span was 40 years long.
The mummification was only for people who
could pay for it.
Most mummies were made for people in higher
classes, because they could pay for it.
At least 70 million mummies were made in 3,000
When someone dies they can be cremated or
buried in a grave.
The graves usually has a cross or a plank with
their name on it.
There is usually a funeral or a celebration of life.
In Canada over 60% of
people get cremated.
People get cremated
cheaper, cultural, and
because its more
Proper burials and rituals are important for the
body to go into the afterlife.
If the ritual was not properly completed they
believe the body would suffer between worlds.
In Greece the afterlife was known as Hades. It was a dark place
where souls goes after death.
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