M-Rebeiro @m-rebeiro ?

active 6 years, 7 months ago
  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Airline Shuffle of the Dead   6 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Two women were arrested in April 2010 when they attempted to board a dead relative onto a plane in Liverpool. Staff became suspicious when the widow and step-daughter of 91-year-old Curt Willi Jarant tried to check him onto a flight to Berlin. The pair told authorities they believed he was asleep, which would be reasonable [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: The Lonely Funeral   6 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Strangers help give the homeless a gravesite celebration instead of a plain pauper’s burial. In Amsterdam, every year, up to 20 people will die completely alone or anonymous. Without friends or family to draw up an appropriate service for their sendoff, in most places they could be given at best a quiet cremation or quick [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Not Strong Enough   6 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Siegmund Breitbart was a Polish-born strongman who became an American citizen in 1923. His various feats of strength were mostly modeled around his background as a blacksmith. He would bend metal bars into floral patterns, bite through iron chains, break a horseshoe in half and for one trick, drove an iron spike through 5 one-inch [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Exploding Dog in Crematorium   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail An overheating chimney in a Darwin, Australia crematorium was blamed on an explosion that occurred in the oven. The cause of the explosion, however, was not something typically explosive like a pacemaker or a weather rocket but was rather a dog that had been improperly defrosted before being placed in the cremation oven. Three fire [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Madagascar Funeral Traditions   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail A large portion of the Malagasy people practice traditional religions.The culture emphasizes a strong link between the living and the dead, where the dead join their ancestors. The remainder of the population is either Christian (45%, with an even divide between Catholic and Protestant) or Muslim (10-15%) The spiritual connection with ancestors is especially celebrated [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: 1,800 Year Old Tomb Discovered   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Temple of the Feathered Serpent is the third largest pyramid in Teotihuacan, Mexico. A “re-creation of the underworld” discovered in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the century. The passage was found buried under the Temple of the Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) by radar [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Candles and Death   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Candles are used ceremonially across nearly every religion, often as a symbol of reverence to the dead. In Buddhism, candles are placed along with incense and other offerings as respect to the spirit of Buddha. In Taoism, candles are placed upon a funeral altar with other offerings as a gift to help the soul pass on to [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Soccer, Politics and Funerals – A Bad Mix   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The funeral for an acclaimed Iranian soccer player turned into a mass protest of President Ahmadinejad in late May of 2011. A soccer fan writing under the alias of “Miladi” reported that tens of thousands of fans attended the ceremony of Nasser Hejazi, an internationally renowned defender and detractor of the President. Even women, typically [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Balinese Cremation   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Since Hinduism in Bali is divergent from Indian Hindu, many practices lack the same guidelines and restrictions. One difference lies in the rules on cremation. Balinese Hindu are often buried in large mass graves after death so that they can all be burned together on specific days on the Balinese-Javanese calendar system. Certain members of [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Gil Scott-Heron   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron was an American poet and musician known primarily for his spoken word performances in the 70s and 80s. Self-defined as a “bluesologist”, a science concerned with the origin of the blues, he is also often considered as the godfather of hip-hop and a voice of a generation with pieces such as “The [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Huangdi Mausoleum   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail The Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor is the burial site of the legendary Chinese figure located in the Huangling County. He was said to have ascended to heaven after his long life, leaving only his cap and clothes behind to be buried. The location has even a State-Protected cultural site since 1961, though the site [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: South Korean Funeral Traditions   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Koreans view death in a way that their funeral practices expresses very well. Succumbing to illness or natural causes outside of the home is said to cause the spirit to wander, so assisting the dying back to their home was encouraged. While traditionally Koreans adhered to strict Confucian practices for diving the genders, it’s less [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Funeral Traditions in Thailand   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Thai funeral customs have a largely Buddhist basis since Thailand has primarily been a Buddhist country for a long time. It is estimated that its spread into the country was because of its ideas of death, because death (along with all of existence) is suffering yet it is universal, and not to be taken in [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: History’s Largest Funerals   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Throughout history, certain people in positions of celebrity have attracted millions to their funeral ceremonies. Usually singers, politicians or religious leaders, the following 6 attracted the largest crowds to rank among the largest peaceful gatherings of people in history. 1) C.N Annadurai, Tamil chief minister in India 2) Abdel Nasser, Egyptian president 3) Abdel Halim [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Flag-in Day   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Every year, on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry (also known as the Old Guard) place flags before each of the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery and the US Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. Every available soldier participates, placing the flags one foot in front of all the gravestones. [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Francois Vatel – Perfectionist to the End   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Francois Vatel was a French Chef who lived in the mid 1600s, employed at the Chateau de Chantilly. He was preparing for a large banquet to be held in honor of Louis XIV when he allegedly ran himself through with his sword. Always a perfectionist, Vatel had worked himself into a fury to prepare for [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: A True Pittsburgh Steelers’ Fan   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail James Henry Smith was, for much of his life, a very devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. When he passed, since his prostate cancer was terminal and his death was expected, his family was able to arrange a lavish sendoff for him. Smith’s body was placed on his recliner, in his pyjamas, slippers and robe. [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: Heat Can Kill   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Here is an alarming figure: In the United States, at least 500 children have died since 1998 of hyperthermia after being left in hot cars while their parents run errands. With 49 such deaths in 2010, the problem is greater than ever. The most recent such death in central Florida occurred in 2007 when a [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: How To Die In Oregon   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail How To Die In Oregon is a 2011 documentary film set in the state about the controversial Death with Dignity Act, a decree that allows terminally ill patients to end their own life with prescribed medication. The law was passed in 1994, the first of any state to pass such a law. Similar laws were [...]

  • M-Rebeiro wrote a new blog post: The Sue Rodriguez Story   6 years, 8 months ago · View

    Thumbnail At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story is a documentary drama film about the life of Canadian assisted suicide advocate Sue Rodriguez. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was diagnosed in 1991 with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and fought for the right to have the right to die early so she would not have [...]

  • Load More