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For Hindus the normal means of corpse disposal is cremation; however, the bodies of children (who have not yet entered on the ritual life) and of saṃnyāsins and other ascetics (who are considered to have already ‘died’ and been cremated through the internalization of their ritual fires) are buried. In the case of the latter, this is often in a sitting posture, as though still in meditation. Others likely to be buried include those who have been victims of smallpox or snakebites, and lepers. The Liṅgāyats (Vīraśaivas) also practise burial rather than cremation. See also antyeṣṭi; jīvansamādhi.

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