What religion/faith are you?

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What Religion are you part of?

  1. Atheist

    62 vote(s)
    44.6%
  2. Christian

    44 vote(s)
    31.7%
  3. Jewish

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  4. Muslim

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Mormon

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  6. Other

    14 vote(s)
    10.1%
  7. Agnostic

    14 vote(s)
    10.1%
  8. Hindu

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Buddhist

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  1. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    this is a bit off-topic but do we by any chance have any people of the Jewish persuasion posting here? I have two questions about Jewish funeral rites:
    1) we have a tiny jewish cemetry here and some people piled stones on top of the tombstones. I am familiar with that custom only from stupas in the Himalayans. Do Jews do that as well or is it something un-Jewish and the stones ought to be removed from the tombstones? While on the one hand the cemetry managers are glad some people apparently mind, on the other hand they are uncertain if that particular practice mightn't be a desecration.
    2) Also, would flowers on the graves ok? Most pics I googled show only lawn, but I have found 2 where there are graves like Christian ones, only with ivy and other evergreens. Is it just a coincidence or are flowers frowned upon?
     
  2. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored Greedo is Good, Till the Next Edit Moderator

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    It's not a desecration, it's an ancient tradition.

    https://www.chabad.org/library/arti...ish/Why-Do-Jews-Put-Pebbles-on-Tombstones.htm
    It's not a Jewish tradition, but if someone meant well it's not like anyone's going to hold it against them.

    https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1218970/jewish/Flowers-Jews-Gravesites.htm
     
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  3. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    thank you! :) Interesting that two cultures who live several thousand miles apart have developed similar customs - the stone piling, I mean. On the other hand, a tombstone is a sort of stone pile, too, just in one piece. Maybe piling up stones on graves is in human nature.
    Which leads us directly back to this thread's topic: do your respective religions have similar customs? Are there any things that are strictly forbidden? For example: on Bavarian katholic cemetries, veggies on graves are forbidden but herbs are ok. I know one that's full of lemon thyme, sage, rosemary and savory. My mom and I are rarely of the same opinion but when we saw that grave we both said in unison: "that's what I want, too!" :D
     
  4. Doom Shepherd

    Doom Shepherd Commodore Commodore

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    Show them Schindler’s List?
     
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  5. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ^I'd rather not rely on that one. With movies, particularly hollywood blockbusters, you can never be sure how well-researched they are and whether the information given in them is really precise.
    I thought of asking a rabbi but as the next one lives some 80 miles away, I believe, and presumably is rather busy the BBS was the faster and simpler way to gather well-substantiated information.
    And as the above posts show it worked :)
     
  6. ThankQ

    ThankQ Admiral Admiral

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    I'm an atheist, among other reasons, not because of the lack of evidence of something else, but because of the preponderance of evidence of invention across all religions.
     
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