Undertaker

Mark William Calaway

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 Undertaker's Etymology

(“death”) +-ician. In 1895, the trade magazineThe Embalmers' Monthlyput out a call for a new name for the profession to distance itself from the titleundertaker, a term that was then perceived to have been tarnished by its association with death. The termMorticianwas the winning entry.

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 Undertaker's History

c.1570 to 1075 BC. Specialized priests spent 70 full days on a single corpse. Only royalty, nobility and wealthy commoners could afford the service, considered an essential part of accessing eternal life.

Ancient Rome , wealthy individuals trusted family to care for their corpse, but funeral rites would feature professional mourners: most often actresses who would announce the presence of the funeral procession by wailing loudly. Other paid actors would don the masks of ancestors and recreate their personalities, dramatizing the exploits of their departed scion. These purely ceremonial undertakers of the day nonetheless had great religious and societal impact; a larger number of actors indicated greater power and wealth for the deceased and their family.

Most importantly, Ruysch developed injected substances and waxes that could penetrate the smallest vessels of the body and seal them against decay.

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 Undertaker's References

  1. "How Morticians Reinvented Their Job Title". Mental Floss. 
  2. "Home : Oxford English Dictionary". 
  3. "Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Egyptian Mummies". 
  4. "Death in Ancient Civilisations". HISTORY. 
  5. Steven Fife. "The Roman Funeral". Ancient History Encyclopedia. 
  6. "Frederik Ruysch: The Artist of Death". The Public Domain Review. 
  7. "Funeral Directors." Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition. 4 Aug, 2006. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. 8 Dec, 2008. <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos011.htm>
  8. theconferenceonline.org, Students' NBE
  9. American Board of Funeral Service Education, Frequently Asked Questions

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