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Cemeteries: A Fascinating History

It was not too long ago that humanity began burying the dead as a way to honour them. In this video, TED delves into ever-changing traditions that pay respects to the dead, which are closely interwoven with the the story of cemeteries.

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Once upon a time, cemetries were places of merriment with beautiful gardens and convivial chatter. They were hardly the grim, desolate places that the word immediately brings to mind. How did cemeteries come to be how we know them today?


• Spindly - of a thin and weak appearance.

• Rusted - corroded, with red oxidization on metal.

• Mourner - Someone filled with sadness, especially about a death.

• Burial - Interment.

• Lively - Full of life and energy.

• Blooming - Flowering.

• Bury - to inter in the ground.

• Cremate - dispose of (a dead person's body) by burning it to ashes, typically after a funeral ceremony.

• Shield - To defend from, to protect from.

• Decay - the process of decomposing.

• Afterlife - Life after death.

• Litter - to leave waste in public places.

• Intact - untouched and unchanged.

• Graze - (of cattle, sheep, etc.) eat grass in a field.

• Cattle - Domesticated bovine animals.

• Graveyard - cemetery.

• Suburb - an outlying district of a city, especially a residential one.

• Acre - A unit of surface area.

• Peer - Somebody or something who/that is at an equal level.

• Lush - luxuriant.

• Ornate - elaborately ornamented.

• Revive - to return to life.

• Occupy - to fill space or time.

• Awareness - a state or level of consciousness about something.

• Fireworks - a device containing gunpowder and other combustible chemicals which causes spectacular effects and explosions when ignited, used for display or in celebrations.

• Departed - (contextual) A dead person or persons.

Source: Ted-Ed

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