Indian Traditions
In ancient times Indians were known to practice Cannibalism. The ancients also
buried their dead in burial mounds (barrows) containing the remains and other

Also in India, the
Parsees exposed corpses on buildings called towers of silence
where they were eaten by vultures.

As Hinduism become the most prevalent religion the practice of pyres came into
fashion. Hindu’s, perfume the corpse and adorn it with flowers. They then burn it,
and later throw the ashes in the Ganges River.

Under the former Hindu religious custom,
Suttee, the widow allowed herself to be
burned to death on the funeral pyre of her husband. It was believed that in this
way she helped both her soul and her husbands in the next world. The term is
taken for the Sanskrit, meaning “faithful wife.” When the husband died too far
away to be brought home, the wife was burned in his clothing. Suttee was
outlawed in British India in 1829. The Republic of India also forbids the practice

One of the most famous and elaborate monuments in India, and the world is the
Taj Mahal, A mausoleum, at Agra, built by the Mogul emperor Shah Jahan for his
wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
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