A cemetery or graveyard is a place set aside for burying the remains of the deceased. Cemeteries reflect the religious beliefs of the area and are often considered "holy ground." In some countries, such as Mexico and Japan, festivals in honor of the dead are celebrated in graveyards.
Since ancient times, graveyards were often avoided for sanitary reasons. The ancient Jews and Romans, for example, required that graveyards be located outside of cities. Later, graves were common in churchyards or "family plots" near homes.
Superstition added to the avoidance of graveyards. People feared that the dead or their spirits could rise from their graves to harm the living. These beliefs have especially centered around holidays such as Halloween and its predecessors.
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What is a coffin? A coffin is a box or container in which the body of a deceased person is placed for burial or cremation. Coffins are also used to display the body at many funerals.
Is there a difference between a coffin and a casket? The word casket originally meant a box for keeping jewelry or other treasures. It became an Americanism used to refer to rectangular coffins.
Hexagonal coffins like the one in this drawing guide are still used throughout the world.
Coffins have varied much over the centuries and from place to place. Ancient Egyptian royalty were mummified and placed in coffins called sarcophagi. These were often covered in gold and bore a sculpture of the inhabitant.
Some cultures wrapped their dead in baskets, cloth, or flowers; there are even reports of Native American peoples being buried in large turtle shells. Others used wooden or stone coffins similar to those still in use today.
In popular culture, coffins often make appearances as harbingers of the undead, such as zombies or vampires.
Other uses include museum recreations of the funerals of famous people, such as Abraham Lincoln at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
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Today, the table is a basic article of furniture found in nearly every home around the world. The table is a flat surface supported by various sorts of legs. The table has been used since at least the seventh century B.C.E. - nearly 3,000 years.
Tables perform a variety of uses. Since Medieval times, the dining table has been popular for entertaining. In the centuries that followed, tables were developed for specialized uses - tea tables and card tables, for example. Today, tables are even used for sports such as ping pong, also called table tennis.
In the past, most tables were made of wood or metal. Some were made from stone. Today, wooden tables are still popular, but they may also be constructed from plastic, cardboard, glass, or other modern materials.
The table is often used symbolically. King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table were said to use a table circular in shape so that no one would be at the "head" of the table; instead, all were equal. The dinner table today symbolizes family togetherness. If someone asks, "What can you bring to the table?" they mean, "What skills or resources do you have?" "Putting it all on the table" means being open and honest in communication.
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