Mortsafes Guarded Against Graverobbers

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Grave robbers were also known as resurrectionists or resurrection men. They would sell the bodies they dug up to anatomists, who needed corpses to dissect and examine. Families who could afford mortsafes had them installed, and some of them remain in Scottish cemeteries today.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Sioux Native Americans would leave bodies of the dead on platforms in trees. 00:45

  2. The coffins of the Bo people in China are suspended on sheer cliffs. 01:14

  3. The Madagascan tradition of Famadihana involves exhuming a dead body, wrapping it in sheets, and dancing with it around the tomb. 02:35