Why Do We Preserve Our Dead?
As I sat there in my computer chair at 6:30 a.m. after having coughed and hacked up a lung from this massive quarter gram dab of Bubba Kush, I found myself on Facebook looking at some post made by an aquaintance of mine and it made me query the modern practice of burying ourselves in coffins under the dirt.
Coffin, the word itself comes from Old French ‘cofin’, and from the Latin “cophinus”, that means basket. The word was first used in the English language in 1380. A coffin is defined as a box or chest for the display/burying of a corpse.
Coffins have been used since anceint Egypt. Humans have been burying their dead for at least 100,000 years. Mostly it is done to avoid rotting and festering flesh, smells, diseases, and primarily out of respect for the dead. Though did we have enough cognition about this 100,000 years ago? Or am I know assigning these purposes to burial becuase I know them now?
I think that this may go even further back. Behavioral patterns such as burial rites that one might characterize as religious — or as ancestral to religious behaviour — reach back into the Middle Paleolithic, as early as 300,000 years ago, coinciding with the first appearance of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens.
I think that I know why we like to bury our dead. It’s because through the plant psychedelic using age of human evolution we realized that this mind and body is not ours and eventually returns to where it came from. The consciousness returns to realms of light from whence it arrived, and the body returns itself to dust from whence it came. This impulse has carried over yet has been corrupted by modern humans because we seek permanence and consistency. It’s not just the modern society and culture with their prevalent use of coffins. Consider ancient burial rights of the Egyptians.
I don’t quite understand why we now use coffins and preserve the dead. The burial ritual makes sense from a point of evolutionary anthropology and psychology, but Why don’t we let the Earth take the body back now? Why are we obsessed with this burial ritual with coffins? What are we trying to preserve? We know from ancient burial sites that coffins were not used until recently.
I would like to be buried directly in the bosom of the Earth. I want my body to return to the ground and dissolve into the memories of the Planet.