Theme-based crematorium markets in everything

by on August 1, 2017 at 2:34 am in Religion, Travel | Permalink

Theme-based restaurants and parks are passé. A theme-based crematorium is the latest talk of the hour, both online and offline. Antim Udan Moksha Airport in Gujarat, the first of its kind in India, puts the departing souls of the dead cremated here on international flights to the heaven for ultimate salvation or moksha: freedom from the cycle of birth and death.

Located in Gujarat’s Bardoli on the banks of Mindhola River, the crematorium is modeled on an airport and equipped with two giant replicas of aircraft. The airplane replicas at Antim Udan Moksha Airport in Gujarat are named Moksha (salvation) airlines and Swarga (heaven) airlines which seem to transport the souls from the earth to the heaven on cremation of dead bodies here.

What’s the most interesting about Antim Udan Moksha Airport in Gujarat is the airport-like announcement which is made to guide funeral parties on entry into the crematorium and instruct them where to keep the body, how to proceed for cremation, etc. There is very little difference between the announcement made at the crematorium and that at airports as well as in planes.

What makes the crematorium more like an airport is the typical noise that an aircraft makes while taking off. A similar noise is created when dead bodies are placed in furnace at Antim Udan Moksha Airport in Gujarat. The atmosphere of the airport-themed crematorium is intended to soothe the mourning family members under the impression that the dead depart for salvation in the heaven.

Here is more, via the excellent Samir Varma.

1 A clockwork orange August 1, 2017 at 3:07 am

When India goes high, America goes low.

So in April, he took the train from Penn Station to the Autotown dealership in Weehawken where he bought an electric 1954 Packard from a friend named Junell. The first time he saw Junell, she had just finished climbing a pole and hung upside down from the ceiling. After twenty minutes and a few whiskey sours, the same ribald brunette approached with green eyes. The Ballad of Curtis Loew was crooning the loudspeaker cabinets, and Tommy Darton handed her twenty dollars and asked for a dance. First thing, Junell admitted she smelt a little funny. Tommy never minded though. The day of Tommy’s accident, Junell rolled a spliff and spouted off about the northwest— how she been saving for a marijuana dispensary.
–You and me both, he said, we’ll shuck oysters and roll spliffs.
–Do you mean it?
–We’ll sleep on a bed of cash.

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2 Cock Piss Partridge August 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

A little less random than usual. Reads like Raymond Chandler.

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3 George August 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

Well, we ain’t got no ketchup.

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4 burke August 1, 2017 at 11:19 pm

You what George, you ain’t nothing. You ain’t all big, you small. You tiny. I’ma call you tiny George.

SFW https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxNjEzqIcAAdw1g.jpg who am I to say?

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5 dux.ie August 1, 2017 at 3:37 am

A Gujarati funeral announcement ? https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/04/d1/18/04d11850f90269878d29ce96dbd9db2e–farewell-party-ideas-going-away-farewell-ideas.jpg

Anyway Greece will have its first ever crematorium http://www.ekathimerini.com/216562/article/ekathimerini/news/plans-for-countrys-first–crematorium-on-track

“””A draft presidential decree outlining changes in urban land use which was submitted on Wednesday by the Environment Ministry for public debate is expected to pave the way for the long-awaited construction of Greece’s first ever crematorium.”””

What should be the Greek theme ?

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6 Thiago Ribeiro August 1, 2017 at 8:05 am

The Olympic Games. Who throws the ashes the farthest?

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7 anonymous August 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm

A Gujarati funeral announcement ?…….

Coincidence that it is in Tyler? Tyler, (TX)

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8 rayward August 1, 2017 at 6:24 am

The whoosh sound when I send email from my macbook would be appropriate for sending the departed on the journey to heaven.

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9 Edward Burke August 1, 2017 at 7:46 am

All that’s needed now is one actual jet capable of flight from which funerary ashes could be dispersed at 30,000 feet or so. Could help the ozone layer and the stratosphere on down, who knows?

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10 Hazel Meade August 1, 2017 at 9:28 am

Mitigate global warming like the Mt. Pinatubo explosion.

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11 Hazel Meade August 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

How about an ice cream themed crematorium?

Every time I drive past the locals “Funeral Home and Crematory”, I always think “Why would someone put an ice cream parlour in a funeral home?” But now you’ve given me an idea….

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12 Bill August 1, 2017 at 9:59 am

Run by Apu of the Simpsons.

Free Apu Squishees to the attendees.

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13 Edward Burke August 1, 2017 at 11:07 am

Some twenty-odd years ago, there was a funeral parlor in Palatine, Illinois, with a death- and funeral-themed putt-putt course (nine holes? eighteen holes?) in the basement, I think NPR even did a profile.

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14 Lawrence Rothfield August 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

Room for one more!

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15 John Thacker August 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

What’s the most interesting about Antim Udan Moksha Airport in Gujarat is the airport-like announcement which is made to guide funeral parties on entry into the crematorium and instruct them where to keep the body, how to proceed for cremation, etc. There is very little difference between the announcement made at the crematorium and that at airports as well as in planes.

No, that is not the most interesting thing. In Taiwan I went to a crematorium that was not airplane themed, but still had airport-style monitors, airport-like announcements for the funeral party on when to procede, and airport-style waiting rooms (including, yes, with refreshments sold to the waiting funeral party.) It seemed very typical, according to my relatives.

Actually going whole hog and having it be airplane-themed is the interesting thing, but I certainly got a feeling like I was in an airport, so it’s easy to see where someone might get the inspiration here.

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16 John Thacker August 1, 2017 at 11:03 am

I should stress that my wife and I, as well as my in-laws, all specifically commented at the time on how much the crematorium waiting room and process was like an airport already, and this was without any sort of airport or airline “theme,” as in the story above.

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17 rayward August 1, 2017 at 11:13 am

By the way, this business wouldn’t work with Christians, at least not with Christians who have actually studied the Christian Bible (New Testament). How so? The New Testament speaks of the resurrection of the body, to occur at the Last Judgment. In the meantime, it’s just a long waiting room experience for the righteous. Whether there are good books and films in the waiting room or just old magazines I don’t know, as it’s not mentioned in the New Testament.

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18 Roy LC August 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

I think you vastly underestimate the amount of heresy present in Western society.

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19 John Thacker August 2, 2017 at 11:15 am

East Asian Christians, including Catholics, regularly practice cremation, though the Catholic Church has been debating trying to step up efforts to discourage it.

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20 Bill August 1, 2017 at 11:15 am

In one rural community the local underwriter sponsors a baseball game.

There is a raffle.

Free funeral for the winner.

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21 Sukwinder Dixit August 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Is there anything that Gujarati’s can’t monetize?

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