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Expensive, difficult, slightly dangerous, not particularly effective... I'm on a roll.
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1) People die, even if you
believe in new-age stuff or
alternative medicine etc.
2) Burial takes a lot of space
and not evrybody would like to
cast such a space-claim after
they have passed on. Being eaten
by maggots and bug may also
create some aversion against
is usually done
with fossil fuels or local wood.
Both are not very good for the
4) Why not use the sun as the
energy source for cremations?
That is the idea, here is how I
see something like that would be
the central location is a
stonehenge like structure. In
the center is an altar-like
structure that can be raised
from groundlevel to 10-20 feet
high. Each mourner is, if they
wish to participate, handed a
double-sided mirror with a hole
in it, and very dark sunglasses.
Outside of the central structure
are fields of pole-mounted
mirrors that track the sun and
focus it above the central
After the required ritual last
ceremonies have been performed,
the altar + corpse are slowly
raised into the focal point of
the mirror fields. In the final
moments the coprse will be lit
up literally and probably blind
the onlookers (hence the
sunglasses). The participating
mourners can start/join with
their own mirros, similar to the
widow/family throwing the first
hand of earth on the coffin.
To protect the public from nasty
odors that come with cremating
dead people, there is a big tray
below the wireframe that holds
the body where the ashes can
fall into. Air is sucked in from
the sides of this tray to be
cleaned and expelled further
Offcourse you will need to
locate this facility in a sunny
country (maybe India, as they
have a tradition of woodpyre
funerals) but that should be no
problem, as this grandeur is for
the whealthy, one woould assume
they can travel.
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today at the solarematorium...
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Mar 22 2006]
An earlier version of this same idea here in the halfbakery. It had been pre-baked back then, too. [jurist, Mar 24 2006]
||is there a spelling cremation?
||Followed by a pedant hunt. Once we round them all we'll hang them from a supermarket express checkout line "10 item's or less".
||When you were burning up wouldnt you be about the same as the fossil fuels that you didnt use in the first place. Thermal Conversion would be Better.
||Well it's not being dragged out and left for the wolves, but I like it.
||@jhomrighaus: Unless you have
eaten a lot of foodproducts
derived from fossil carbon
deposids (AKA mineral oil),
the amount of CO2 a body
releases is exactly
compensated for by the amount
of carbon it stored when
||The same could be said for wood.
||//nasty odors// I attended a cremation in Indonesia. I had to get up before dawn to join the precession, and by the time the cremation started it was afternoon and I was very hungry. Disturbingly, the odours were like a delicious barbeque.
||Cancel my Viking burial, I'm getting torched by the sun!
||//maybe India// So what you are saying is that everyone who is wealthy should go to India to be creamated? hmmmm...might be overkill seeing as how the amount of greenhouse gases released in creamatation is negligible.
||Good proof of concept though.
||[spidermother] Are you a cannibal?
||How do they keep the birds quiet?
||For people who cannot attend you might mount a mirror an a robot device that is connected to the internet. BTW you would need alot of mirrors so I do not think it will work as proposed. I also wonder what happens if the weather does not cooperate.
||It generally rains at funerals...
||Didn't Archimedes *bake* this idea against the Roman fleet in 212 (or 214, depending on your source) B.C.? And we also discussed it here in the halfbakery back in 2002 AD. (See Link).
||y not just pile a bunch of bodies in2 a spaceship n send it 2 the sun?
||cos itz v spensive :) :/(88*
||//[spidermother] Are you a cannibal?// Not especially, [DF], that's why it was disturbing. Although I was discussing the cannibalism of spider mothers by their offspring elsewhere ... and my biology training tells me that people are basically just meat. Oh, wait, now I sound like a psychopath as well as a cannibal. (Finds self in hole. Stops digging.)
||i think it could work but it would do better to bury a couple of bodies at once and maybe put some old newspaper around the body or some oil sained clothes on the person so they cath fire quicker...or else everyone's arms will get tired ....and yet some peple won't want to be burned so who knows....but i do like the shuttle idea except of all the fuel it would waste cause like hundreds of people die everyday or so and it is to expensive as said above.....just a thought