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Some there will be a body provided for you to keep

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some there will be a body provided for you to keep going - resurrection - body disperses into elements (body comes apart and that is the end) Notion of ritual nourishment is important because it was the responsibility of the living to provide food through ritual sacrifice to the dead – commensal community * Yama as Lord of Death and the “first to die” Becoming an ancestor → reaching the “World of the Fathers” - they die and reach the world of the fathers - an individual can make sacrifices if they are brahmins or ask brhamins to do it on their behalf to yama and through this sacrifices the passage of their dead family member is opened up to the realm of the heavenly - Sacrifice to Yama → the passage to this heavenly realm Yama was the first to find the way for us, this pasture that shall not be taken away. Where our ancient fathers passed beyond, there everyone who is born follows, each on his own path. (...) [To the dead man :] Go forth, go forth on those ancient paths on which our ancient fathers passed beyond. There you shall see the two kings, Yama and Varu a, rejoicing in the sacrificial drink. Unite with the fathers, with Yama, with the rewards of your sacrifices and good deeds, in the highest heaven. Leaving behind all imperfections, go back home again; merge with a glorious body. - This was used in funeral rituals and Brahmin performing sacrifice would use this - Still used in contemporary practices
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- Sacrificial offerings called pinta- rice balls – by sacrificing them the mourners create a new body for the deceased individual in the afterlife- ritual reflects this belief - The correct performance of ritual is key to having a body in the afterlife - [To demons:] Go away, get away, crawl away from here. The fathers have prepared this place for him. Yama gives him a resting-place adorned by days, and waters, and nights. [To the dead man :] Run on the right path, past the two brindled, four-eyed dogs, the sons of Saramā, and then approach the fathers, who are easy to reach and who rejoice at the same feast as Yama. - Death is a return to the fathers and ancestors where yama dwells and as long as you have his support he can make this passage easy for you Key terms Pirtra - the ancestral soul - The transformation of dead person into an ancestor – funerary ritual is in part focused on allowing the transformation to take place Perta - describes a hungry ghosts - A ghost becomes hungry because living don’t provide support for it Commensal community - a group that shares food together Other hymns point the way to reincarnation Cremation as a sacrifice reincarnation Funerary hymn to agni Do not burn him entirely, Agni, or engulf him in your flames. Do not consume his skin or his flesh. When you have cooked him perfectly, O knower of creatures, only then send him forth to the fathers. 2 When you cook him perfectly, O knower of creatures, then give him over to the fathers. When he goes on the path that leads away the breath of life, then he will be led by the will of the gods.
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