Symbols - What does heaven look like


Funeral fires in Varanasi (India)

Cremation takes its symbolism from the bone.  At one time the burning  of the dead was known as a Bon[e]fire. Bones have symbolic meaning - they are Form and function encapsulated in one structure.

By burning the bone you release the spirit symbolically because you destroy Form leaving only the spirit. This is why cremation is such a popular form of dealing with the dead – by destroying the ‘Form’ you symbolically release the Higher spirit. You also add an extra touch of symbolism by using flames and fire to do it – purification by spirit.


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