Each year millions of people’s lives are improved by the use of tissue from the dead. Bodies are used to supply spare parts, and for surgeons to practice on. Horizon investigates the medical revolution that has created an almost insatiable demand for body parts and uncovers the growing industry and grisly black market that supplies human bodies for a price.
Philippine city overwhelmed by task of burying typhoon victims
In Tacloban, the Philippine city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, hundreds of bodies are hastily buried in a long trench. More corpses lie in the streets or still covered by rubble.
In a hilltop cemetery, a truck stacked high with body bags backed up to a yawning trench. With no time for ceremony, police and firefighters wearing face masks and plastic gloves unloaded the bags and placed them in a communal grave.
A week after one of the strongest typhoons on record swept through the central Philippines, the task of burying the dead remains in full gear here in Tacloban, the hardest-hit city.
Some bodies still lie in the streets. Other corpses remain buried under towering piles of rubble.Overwhelmed by the scale of devastation, government officials here took several days to assemble the workers and equipment necessary to undertake the grim task.
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This is an illustration how fragile and dependent on humanity has become on fossil fuels for burials. Without a backhoe digging a trench like the one in the picture is not a easy task.
The bandages which Schmidt used so successfully were almost certainly steeped in human fat obtained from state executions.
As these slowly became less frequent, human fat may have become harder to obtain (and more costly) back in the Old World. Its economic value was certainly well known. For, at Rushall in Norfolk in 1736, after a man and his wife had “had some words”, the husband suddenly “went out and hanged himself”. Eschewing funeral or burial, “his wife sent for a surgeon, and sold the body for half a guinea”. While the surgeon was carefully “feeling about the body”, she assured him: “he is fit for your purpose, he is as fat as butter”; after which the deceased “was put naked into a sack, with his legs hanging out, thrown upon a cart, and conveyed to the surgeons”.
You can get more wasteful with energy than this after you have died.
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The human body needs to be recycled into the earth so that it feeds it. The trees will convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.. Pastoralists living in semideserts often leave bodies for the hyenas and vultures. The Parsis still have this tradition – except that the vultures have disappeared. The beauty of Hinduism is that it is not a die-hard philosophy. It is an earth religion, one that is linked closely to the protection of our world. Many Hindus would welcome the change, especially if they were made aware of the environmental consequences of wood cremation.
The Ganga is worshipped by Hindus. They believe that the goddess Ganga descended to Earth through the matted locks of the deity, Shiva. A dip in the Ganga is believed to cleanse one of all sins. Thousands of Hindus are cremated on its banks. People from across the country come to the Ganga to immerse the ashes after the cremation of their kin.
The holiest of India’s rivers, the Ganga is also among the world’s dirtiest. If in the upper reaches it is dams and mining and stone crushing units that are choking it, downstream it is untreated sewage – over 12,000 million liters of sewage pours into the Ganga daily – as well as effluents from tanneries, industrial waste and agricultural runoffs that have reduced this sacred river to a dark, stinking sewer.
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