A headstone, tombstone or gravestone is a marker, normally carved from stone, placed over or next to the site of a burial. Originally, a tombstone was the stone lid of a stone coffin, or the coffin itself, and a gravestone was the stone slab that was laid over a grave. Now all three terms are … Read more

Live burial

Live burial sometimes occurs, in which individuals are buried while still alive. Having no way of escaping interment, they die in place, typically by asphyxiation, dehydration, starvation, or (in cold climates) exposure. People may come to be buried alive in a number of different ways: An individual may be intentionally buried alive as a method … Read more


Tombstones and graves Most modern cultures mark the location of the body with a headstone. This serves two purposes. First, the grave will not accidentally be exhumed. Second, headstones often contain information or tributes to deceased. This is a form of remembrance for loved ones; it can also be viewed as a form of immortality, … Read more

Human sacrifice

Human sacrifice is the act of killing one or more humans as part of a ritual, which is usually intended to please or appease gods, a human ruler, an authoritative/priestly figure or spirits of dead ancestors, and/or as a retainer sacrifice, wherein a monarch’s servants are killed in order for them to continue to serve … Read more


Necromancy ( from Greek ‘nekrós, ‘dead body’ and ‘manteía’, ‘divination’) is the art of summoning departed spirits for divination, prophecy, or magical purposes. History Necromancy holds a place of honor among ancient oracular arts. Shamanic practitioners have always received training in communication with the dead. The latter were thought to be skillful at diagnosing illness … Read more