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Offline Tzimis

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Death?
« on: July 02, 2006, 01:01:46 AM »
What is the Orthodox view on embalming? That is replacing our blood with embalming fluid for the sake of preserving the body to be viewed for a longer duration. Is it correct to separate ones blood from their body?
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Re: Death?
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2006, 01:07:17 AM »
What is the Orthodox view on embalming? That is replacing our blood with embalming fluid for the sake of preserving the body to be viewed for a longer duration. Is it correct to separate ones blood from their body?

I dont know if there has been anything officially put forward on the subject; however, embalming has traditionally been frowned upon by Orthodox cultures, possibly in part because it mutilates the body but also possibly because of its connection the practices of certain pagan cultures (e.g. mummification).
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Re: Death?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2006, 08:19:40 PM »
I've been told the exact same thing that GiC told you by a number of priests. An interesting occurence, however, is in Japan where burial is not allowed and all deceased must be cremated by law.

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Re: Death?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006, 04:00:37 PM »
As far as I know embalming and cremation are not being approved of by the Orthodox church. When the body dies it should be left in peace and only God can decide if it will stay incorrupt or will decompose — there are Saints whose relics have the skin on for ages. But this happens only by God’s will and for a reason that we do not know-may be it is a manifestation intended for unbelievers to start thinking. Cremation is not allowed as you cannot burn something that you cannot create. Anyhow, the good news is that at His Second coming, our Lord Christ will resurrect all bodies no matter what we have done to them in our ignorance. The resurrected bodies will be free of illnesses and defects.
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