Most religions bury their dead. Why do some religions burn their dead?
The burn their dead due to customs. Most funeral pyres started when there was war so to stop the spread pf infection and disease they burned the dead. Now some Christian denominations won’t let you burn their bodies because they believe that when Christ comes back it will be their bodies that rise up from the grave. They think that if they are cremated they won’t rise from the dead and be forever lost. The Vikings burned their dead out of respect to the one who died as well as to Odin. They believed that when one died in battle the Valkyries took their spirits to Valhalla so what was the use of the body. I think some religions do it out of ritual and maybe the older religions did it out of necessity.
Hindus, Buddhists, Jains as religions talk about being detached from the good and bad. They teach about going beyond attachment to the 'mine' in a strong way.
Hence, when the person dies, they burn the body clearly showing that the body you were so attached to (as brother, father, sister, etc) is not here anymore. It was mere karmic arrangement to have that person in your life and now it's over. Once burnt there is no hope of the person coming in that body and helps develop detachment, aiding the practice of letting go.
They also believe that this detachment helps the soul of deceased to move on faster to it's next birth as it helps him to let go of his attachments, too.
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