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The practice of burning corpses. Early practiced by Hindus, by Gks. in the Homeric age, and by Etruscans in It. Christianity, continuing Jewish custom, fostered burial. Charlemagne* forbade cremation 784. An attempt was made to introd. the custom in Eng. 1874. Though the RC Ch. and others, including Luths., viewed cremation negatively, esp. when assoc. with denial of the resurrection of the body, active opposition has waned in recent yrs. See also Adiaphora; Burial.

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