Letter from Africa: Cremations ‘threaten’ Zimbabwe’s ancestral spirits

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Source: BBC News

Cremation is provoking a huge debate in Zimbabwe, bringing cultural and religious beliefs to the fore, journalist-turned-barrister Brian Hungwe writes from Harare.

“For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return” – this verse from the Bible holds little sway with many Christians in Zimbabwe who oppose cremation.

They want their bodies interred intact – and feel that nature should take its course, instead of hastening a return to dust.

Cremation subjects a human body to intense heat ranging from between 500C (930F) and 800C. It is the family’s choice to then decide what to do with the ashes afterwards.

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Categories: Africa, Death, The Muslim Times

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