- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: A&E Home Video
- DVD Release Date: June 6, 1996
How does belief in an afterlife affect rituals which give meaning to the greatest and most terrifying of mysteries: death?
The oldest known human ritual is burial. Who were the first people to bury their dead? What secrets enabled the Egyptians to create mummies that have survived for over 4,000 years? Why did the widows of devout Hindus voluntarily throw themselves into the flames of the funeral pyre? Why do Tibetans leave their dead for vultures to eat? Some cultures mourn the loss of loved ones and take steps to insure that their spirits will not return to haunt them. The fact is that death is inevitable.