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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: Burial goods Reply with quote
In an Edo-period account it states that a man's personal belongings (御手道具向いつも御側に有之候御品向) were buried (御埋め)together with his ashes. Apparently this was rather unnusual because the narrator says he checked the story out with the temple priest. Has anyone heard of anything similar?
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
In Edo period, usually body was not cremated.
Coffin didn't look like western one, it was just big bucket.
So it's "possible" to put his/her belongings together.
Usually people put a coin into coffin to across "Sanzu River".
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
My previous reply got wiped out, so I will try again.
He was definately cremated, and his ashes were buried in a different place, and his (unburned) belongings were buried there too. But I wondered why they buried them. He had no children, but I would have thought his belongings, some of which must have been fine, would have been given to his attendants.

(I remember the "bucket" coffin in Yojimbo.)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
*BUMP*

I wonder if this could not be an isolated incident with no historical precedent. I know you've thought of that possibility, though, so I'm mainly bumping this topic because I'm interested in hearing a reply.
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