2018 Reader Question 32 2018 Reader Question 32 published on May 29, 2018Read more posts by the author of 2018 Reader Question 32, KoryBing18 Comments on 2018 Reader Question 32 Cremation! No chance of finding weird gryphon bones in the dirt if you’re a pile of ashes!
Cremation Viking style.
That would be cool, but the humans aren’t that dumb.
I dunno, have you met humans? We can be pretty unobservant.
We can also be extremely observant. Humans found Neptune by looking at the orbit of Uranus.
That was actually a really good question, and a simple and elegant solution to the problem.
Probably more popular than the other solution to logistic issues in the Avalon which seems to be “Stanley eats it I guess?”. I could see some people being less than enthusiastic about that.
Well, “simple” as long as you have a cremator (*high*-temperature furnace) and a cremulator (mill to turn remains into “ashes”) handy to *actually* render the bones unidentifiable …
(And let’s not think too much about particularly fire-resistant Avalon denizens. ;-)
Well, elegant until you’re someone who doesn’t want to be cremated and then it’s just another sticky fact of secret mythical critter life you have to begrudgingly accept for the sake of secrecy.
Yeah, I seem to recall several mythical creatures that are repelled by fire, so I imagine members of those populations might resent this.
Kory, does the Avalon have its own parkour club for its non-flighted denizens? If so, who did you think would be members?
Cremation’s a good method in this case; and, depending on the prevalent religious faiths of the inhabitants of the Avalons (and the ones outside– we’ve seen a little about those, but not much on families or solitary non-humans who live outside nonhuman communities, that’d be fun to touch on!) it might even fit with their faiths. Remember the little home-shrine that Mrs. Finn gave to Jimothy when he left, the Hestia shrine? Her symbol is the hearth-fire. Hmmm….. wonder if there are any temples, public shrines, groves, etc. in the Avalons?
BTW, just as a random bit of info that I got from a professional potter: A good-sized pottery kiln (the kind that’s big enough to actually walk inside) CAN reach temps high enough to cremate hominid remains. It might not do so completely, you may have some bits of bone left to grind up, and cremating a several-hundred-pound chunk of meat and bone would do AWFUL THINGS to any pots… but it’s possible. Messy, but possible.
I know a potter who said that when his time comes, he wants to be cremated and have his ashes wedged into clay. His opinion was that it would be a fine final commeration for an artist to be made into art.
Funny thing– I’ve considered the same use for my own ashes! I know there’s a company that makes (believe it or not) dinnerware sets out of porcelain mixed with human cremains, but I dunno; vaguely creepy. Instead, I kind of like the idea of having my ashes become part of a fountain or something else of the sort– something that’ll make people smile to see it.
Fan art, plz
Dear Mrs. Finn.
Since your children hatched from eggs. Had your husband ever had to breed them, or the older to breed the eggs of the younger ones, when you where really busy? Or did you use an incubator?
I´m asking especially you cause I´m shure all your boys home are to ashamed to answer :P
Apart from Bugbears, are there any other creatures (We really need a standardized term) that claim a lot of historical figures were one of “them” for lack of a better term?
So I’ll admit I’m pretty curious. There have been brief mentions of Jellicle Cats in Reader questions before, so could you tell us about what they’re like? Do they have an interesting culture, powers, personality traits? Where are they from? I’m curious!
So we know that some creatures with a basis in religious mythology exist, such as spirit animals and whatever Ravi is supposed to be. But what about others? Could we perhaps see any Genies (Djinn) walking around?