I recall that some monks make (or did make) their own caskets - for the time when they will eventually die. Perhaps this solidifies and refocuses their temporal perspective. Can anyone provide details on the making and purposes of self-coffin making? Who are (or were) the monks who do this?
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Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:53 PM
From my understanding Monastics are not buried in caskets but are rather buried sew into their habit, or at least the athonite tradition is to do this.
I would assume that monastery such as the one is Essex where burials occur in a crypt caskets would be used for practical reasons.
Caskets are relatively easy to get hold of in western counteries, but simple ones are also very easy to make, up until around a 100 years ago the local carpenter would make it, so anyone with some ability to work in wood would be able to make one when needed.
Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:33 PM
I think its the russian orthodox monks, could be just the most advanced, (full monastic habit. i think they r called "serafims"? who make and/or sleep in there casket. iv seen a video of one who lived in a little house (at the monastary) like 15 by 15 ft and he had his casket in the house. i dont emember the name of the monastary but its the most popular in russia and its considered the mt. Athos of the north.
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