Comments on: Hindu wants open-air funeral pyres in the UK Insights from the UK and beyond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:30:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: Tania Sat, 26 Sep 2009 22:02:31 +0000 I am a british pagan woman and i would be hounered to be sent off on a funeral pyre, yes i belive H&S needs to be observed but i also belive this rite of passage should be available to anyone who would value this rite for what it is. if we observe religious tolerance in our daily lives then surely this should extend itself to the death of a person of this land??

paganism pre dates the christian religions that have dogmaticly ruled this country for as long as it has, but as a pagan i am not afforded the the right to be named, married or intured as such.

it saddens me that we are as a whole still so blinkered to the religious and spirtitual rights of others, respect costs us nothing but gives us so much in return.

By: alice Mon, 31 Aug 2009 12:05:33 +0000 Thanks for this nice posting!! much appreciated………..
There are many different rites for death in different religions and cultures.Provided health and safety concerns are met and that they are not unreasonably rigorous then it gives me no problem.

By: ravi Fri, 05 Jun 2009 14:32:18 +0000 Hindu’s should have the right to funeral pyre. Muslims have buriels and Jews have cemetaries. As a Hindu brahmin i would to follow the scriptures and use a funeral pyre to release the soul of my father. As a son it is my duty to cremate – yes morbid but death itself is morbid. The funeral pyre allows the observors to see the flames and one of the five elements of Hinduism to engulf the body. The ashes are then taken – not from undertakers but from the funeral pyre.
the rituals chanting and carrying of the deceased can be performed… this crematoruim method is taking the reality of death from us…. view through glass window while there is music playing….

Orthodox hindu’s must accept that the last rites of their family nust be adhered to….especially if your relatives where religious.

I beleive there is room for funeral pyres on private land in fields it should be managed by Indians and not by western companies as there many rituals that to be done


By: pete Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:12:52 +0000 there is a saying in the far east which i heard from a fellow friend, ‘repect the rules of your host, follow the laws of your country’

surely, if you hold a passport of the country you choose to call home, one should be more than grateful for the privilge.

maybe the UK gov should apply my suggestion to make it fair for Ghai, which is to allow Royal Mail to accept corpses to be sent out of this country.

By: Jason Wed, 25 Mar 2009 08:45:31 +0000 Is there any other country in the world that ties itself in knots trying to satisfy the selfish demands of anybody who dumps themselves on its shores?

Of course not. The whole charade is simply a manipulative tactic designed by our own government to create divisions in society and strengthen its appeal to special interest groups.

If Ghai wants to have an open air cremation he can pay to have his body shipped to a country where such practices are tolerated. No-one is stopping him.

The rest of us can exercise our democratic right to throw the Labour government out of office at the next election and get a government that will do its proper job of protecting the interests and traditions of the indigenous people of the UK.