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Thread #118015   Message #2547736
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
24-Jan-09 - 07:34 AM
Thread Name: Hostile baby rocking songs
Subject: RE: Hostile baby rocking songs
> songs to accompany euthanasia rituals

Voluntary euthanasia or compulsory? I'm not trying to be a smart-alec, just that I'd never heard of such a thing outside of fiction and it's fascinating, if grim. Who was being euthanised, and why? Was that a society in which people officially outlived their usefulness, either from senescence or illness? I wonder how they decided where to draw the line - not at a pre-ordained age, I hope.

If it's too much of a thread creep, maybe another one about death croons? I find the subject really interesting, and hadn't thought about it before. Laments, yes, but they're not quite the same thing. Amazing stuff, Jack