As part of my Hillside Memorial Park posting, let's talk about burial practices.
If you think about it, it's kind of funny that the Judeo-Christians who colonized America thought the Indians had strange burial practices. If you went through my photos, you probably could identify dozens of superstitious or "magical" burial practices.
Let's compare traditional burial practices. Traditionally, most Indians didn't bury a body with a marker or try to memorialize the person. They assumed that once a person was dead, the spirit fled the body and the remains were no longer important.
In contrast, Judeo-Christians cling to bodies as if they're holy relics. And they cling to holy relics as if they literally can perform magic. A body is something over which they mutter prayers as if they're incantations. Perhaps they think the spirit is hovering nearby to answer questions or grant wishes.
You tell me which approach seems more rational.
For more on the subject, see Indian Burial Grounds.
Below: A typical superstitious ritual.