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History of Cremation

Cremation is the practice of using heat to reduce the remains of a body. The history of cremation dates back thousands of years and spreads across multiple continents. It has been practised, and influenced, by numerous religions and cultures. Throughout history, cremation has undergone developments in technique and experienced fluctuations in popularity.

Use the menu items below to explore the fascinating history behind the process of cremation and the rituals surrounding it. Navigate to a specific time period by clicking its name, or browse the complete history of cremation by using the arrows to move forward.

Earliest History
Funeral Pyres
Ancient Greece and Rome
Christian Influence
Native America
Modern History
Modern History Continued
20th Century

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