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Subject: History Facts
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 18:50:37 EST
The early Christians derived their burial customs from the Greeks, Romans,
and Jews. They followed the strong Jewish tradition of burial with no
embalming. The sacred status of burial grounds was upheld.
During the "dark ages" in Europe, embalming was generally not practiced.
During this period, great advances were being made in medicine and bodies were
needed for dissection purposes. For this sole purpose, some embalming was done
and techniques perfected.