A cremation urn is basically meant to hold the cremated remains or ashes received after cremating a dead body. During cremation, the human body is reduced to almost 3-7 pounds, depending on the size and weight of the individual.
It is interesting to note that although we generally refer to cremains as ashes, the body does not actually turn into ash after incineration; it reduces into minute particles and pieces of bones that are further ground to get powdery consistency.
Anyway, coming back to urns, they are particularly used in cultures that recommend the process of cremation for disposing of the dead body. It is believed that this helps reduce the soul?s attachment to the body.
Urns are also known as cremation urns, funeral urns, memorial urns, or cinerary urns. The tradition of using funeral urns for ashes was introduced by the Ancient Greeks. They were originally called lekythoi.
The vase-like containers were used to store oil used for anointing dead bodies. In addition, archeologists have excavated such urns from the Stone Age in caves of Europe and the North East.
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