In front of him sat some of the best athletes in the world. They were some of the highest paid athletes of their day and some of them are now in the Football Hall of Fame. This book contains nothing about laws, regulations, government compliance issues, pre-arrangement, merchandising, business management, etc. Each year he would gather his players for training camp.Fear of the dead caused the burning of bodies to destroy evil spirits.Many primitive tribes even today simply run away from their dead, leaving them to rot.Others place the body deep in the jungle to be devoured by wild beasts.In Tibet and among the Kamchatkan Indians, dogs are used for this purpose because they believe that those eaten by dogs will be better off in the other world.In English this thought is rendered "defilement" or "pollution." To most people a dead body is indeed taboo.
The sacrifice of dogs, horses and slaves was common in Africa after the death of a king.
Zoroastrians similarly allow their dead to simply rot or be devoured by vultures.
They consider fire to be too sacred to be put to use disposing of the dead and burial is thought to be a defilement and injury to mother earth.
Although we may find ancient burial customs to be strange or in some cases repugnant, they obviously arose for a reason.
The first burial customs then, were crude efforts to protect the living from the spirits which caused the death of the person.
Other tribes would throw spears and arrows into the air to kill hovering spirits or would eat bitter herbs to drive away or kill spirits that may have already invaded their bodies. The Role of Religion This fear of the dead carried over into what was developing into religious thought.