Structure of Society

Burial Customs
Record at least 3 dot points about the way each society buried their dead in
the following Ancient Civilisations
Ancient Rome
Romans were expected to put a gold coin in the people’s mouth who was
dead for good luck.
The dead body was to be put on display for everyone to see and remember
them for one last time.
The body would get burnt after the traditional ceremony.
Ancient Greece
They used to put the bodies in coffins and caskets.
The Greeks believed that at the moment of death the psyche, or spirit of the
dead, left the body as a little breath or puff of wind.
The Ekphora is a wagon that is used to put dead people in and to carry them
to place to place.
Ancient China
If died away from home have funeral outside.
People died in there homes have funeral inside there homes.
Children can not have funerals.
Now complete the Venn diagram (next handout) on the differences and
similarities from ancient times to today’s society in Australia.
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