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Jane Smillie's article on the "The first legal cremation"
pointing out that a cremation in 1884 by a Welsh has had an
impact on current practice, would have been better titled
"The first legal cremation in Britain or the West".
Hinduism has believed that the soul separates from the body
at the time of death and as such bodies have been cremated
and the ashes redistributed to the earth or traditionally
in the River Ganges. This is written in many Hindu
literature. The evidence for Hinduism in practice dates
back to 2000BC. Certainly cremation was legal practice as
kings and queens were cremated. The article refers
cremation as mandatory in Sikhism, as this religion was
itself founded by a Hindu, I think it reiterates the length
of time cremation has been in existence.
It may be that Price, the Welsh doctor did bring a change
to Western practice and certainly deserves recognition for