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Excarnation

Excarnation was the process of stripping all the flesh of off a dead body by scavengers.

ProcessEdit

The dead were placed on a stone slab, possibly under a mat. The body would then be left alone until the bones were white.

SymbolismEdit

Paleolithic groups did not believe that birth was the beginning and death the end. Instead, all life worked in cycles. Stripping a person of of all the skin, muscles, and sinews, all that remained were the bones. At that point, they were considered fully dead so that the process of rebirth could occur. The bones would then be placed in a cave or tomb.

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