"Bone-Burning" Rituals

Douglas B Hanson (dhanson@WORLD.STD.COM)
Wed, 5 Apr 1995 14:06:22 -0400

I have a letter from the late Alexander Spoehr dated June 24, 1990 in which
he mentions ritual cremation of human bone. The exact text of the letter

"It is interesting that in the old 18th century Caltholic cemetery in Cebu
City in the Phillipines, non-Catholic bone-burning rituals (of skulls and
long bones, not of the recently deceased) still occur, though I was too
busy in 1975-76 to find out more about the matter"

Can anyone on this list shed some light (and/or point me to some
literature) on this practice - does it still exist?. I appreciate the help.

-- Doug Hanson

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