5 Mar 2014

Crazy Burial

HG writes:*

Water Burial is people drop corpses into the river or ocean, normally from a dugout canoe. It is a traditional culture of different cultures, especially in India, and some ethnic minorities of China. “In the traditional culture of India, the whole body of children cannot be cremation if the child small than three years old. Those bodies can either land-based, or sunk in “ the sacred river"." However, most of the Indians use water burial because they believe water is the source of life of human being, when people were dead, they should return to the water. The ethnic minorities of China and India were dropping the corpse into the river or ocean if people were dead caused by communicable disease.

Meanwhile, no matter children or adults, we should prohibit water burial because it will cause environment problems. Once the corpse entered the water, there will be rot flesh, stank, and it will pollute the water and destroy the ecological environment. Also, dropping corpses into water will cause epidemic disease. We need regard as use cremation or land-based burial alternatives to water burial. However, most of the people also consider land-basing will occupy land and deforestation of trees, and cremation will release carbonic oxide that is harmful to human and air environment. However, a standard crematorium able to remove the pollution through the flue gas, because of the highly developed technology nowadays.

We should advocate a green burial in order to reduce the growing scales of environment pollution. Government should regulate the crematory to be an efficient and green abatement to reduce serious pollutant and cremation by high temperature to ensure killed all the infectious bacteria, reduce the carbon emissions.

Bottom Line: Cremation alternatives to water burial and land-based burial

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.


  1. For me, the facts you said is true and the water burial is not a recommended way of burial, actually most environmentalist against this strongly for several years. But, as the you said, they choose water burial because of their religion, we can not just use the environmental protecting as a point to request them to change their belief.

  2. This topic is fascinating and highlights the tensions among environmental issues, regulation, and religion. Regulation is one approach, but it can be very difficult to enforce regulations that ban social/cultural norms. Recognizing this challenge is necessary.

    The English is clear enough to grasp the primary points, but there are errors.

    “In the traditional culture of India, the whole body of children cannot be cremation if the child small than three years old. ..."

    First, who is being quoted?

    A better construction:

    “In the traditional culture of India, the whole body of a child cannot be cremated if the child is younger than three years old. ..."

  3. @Anonymous
    Thanks for your suggestion. It’s reminder me to consider the religion.
    The whole sentence with quotation mark was being quote with link, probably it have mistaken link. I can send the link to you if you interesting. I totally agree your sentence’s construction is better, but it is similar to the original sentence. hgao@sfu.ca #2292#

  4. @ 0350 Thanks for your suggestion. It’s reminder me to consider the religion and what is being done to address the problem. #2292#


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