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Thread #17850 Message #173950
Posted By: paddymac
05-Feb-00 - 12:32 PM
Thread Name: Help: Usher's Well: What is a 'winding sheet'
Subject: RE: Help: Usher's Well: What is a 'winding sheet'
The forerunner of today's "body bags". In a psychological sense, they "sanitize" the dead, make the "untouchable" touchable, and hide much unpleasantness. All in all, an accomodation to the cold realities of life and death.