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#1    Ligia Cabus

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:57 AM

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It happened in 1871 during a cholera epidemic in India. Mary Best was 17 when  contracted the disease. She was alone in the world in the care of a foster family. ... Mary suffered hours of agony, malaise, stomach pains. His pulse went getting weaker until the doctor declared her dead. Within hours of  death be certificate, she was buried...

Ten years later, the coffin was opened for the grave receive the body of a deceased adoptive uncle of Mary and at that moment, the undertaker agent and his assistant were faced with the horrible vision.

The coffin lid of Mary had been displaced. The half of the skeleton of the young woman was in the coffin and the other half out from the coffin. Her skull had a fracture. The right hand fingers were bent, as if she had tried to grab something and their clothes were torn.


In a book published in 1905 (Premature Burial: How It May Be Prevented by Walter Hadwen, William Tebb and Edward Perry Vollum, edited by Jonathan Sale, Hesperus) and now reissued, two doctors relate gruesome cases of premature burials recorded in newspapers around the world. In many cases the victims could have escaped this terrible fate, but were not ...

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http://www.dailymail...ure-burial.html

Edited by Ligia Cabus, 08 March 2013 - 10:58 AM.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:35 AM

That would be an absolutely horrible way to die... To wake up in total darkness, with limited space to move in and realise that you are buried and will soon run out of air...


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:57 AM

Yeah, I think I'll pass on reading any more of those events.  They just depress me.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:08 PM

I read there was a hysteria about this back in 19th century. Some people had a bell placed above their grave with a string down to the coffin, so if you woke up in your coffin you could ring bell for help. Though of course you would have suffocated shortly after coffin was covered in earth, if not before..

edit to add, that what would your reaction be, if you walked past a very old grave which still had bell, and it rung Posted Image

Edited by Atentutankh-pasheri, 08 March 2013 - 07:12 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:24 PM

View PostAtentutankh-pasheri, on 08 March 2013 - 07:08 PM, said:

I read there was a hysteria about this back in 19th century. Some people had a bell placed above their grave with a string down to the coffin, so if you woke up in your coffin you could ring bell for help.

Thus giving rise to the phrases...."Dead ringer"....and....."Saved by the bell" (No...it's true! Really!)

Historical records indicate that during the 17th century when plague victims often collapsed seemingly dead, there were 149 actual cases of people being buried alive.

Some historians believe Thomas A Kempis, a German Augustinian monk who wrote The Imitation of Christ in the 1400’s was denied canonization because splinters were found embedded under his nails. Canonization authorities determined that anyone aspiring to be a saint would not fight death if he found himself buried alive.

Edited by ealdwita, 08 March 2013 - 07:27 PM.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:41 PM

Sorry guys, but if I walked past a grave with a bell in it and it rang, I'd run for the hills. Best hope someone else hears it and gets you dug up.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

.. i think that's how the idea of  'wakes'  started off. Just to make sure aunt Madge didn't WAKE up ..   and was really gone fer good :innocent: .. here's to her!



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:09 PM

View Postlightly, on 08 March 2013 - 08:36 PM, said:

.. i think that's how the idea of  'wakes'  started off. Just to make sure aunt Madge didn't WAKE up ..   and was really gone fer good :innocent: .. here's to her!
:lol:

From the Anglo-Saxon wæcce or wacu - to watch. (Yes I know - there's always one!)

"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
I can teach you with a quip, if I've a mind; I can trick you into learning with a laugh; Oh, winnow all my folly and you'll find, A grain or two of truth among the chaff!
(The Yeoman of the Guard ~ Gilbert and Sullivan)





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