Promatory instead of the crematorium: the Russians have proposed a new type of funeral

The dead body is frozen, then dipped in liquid nitrogen, and then subjected to vibration. After that, the remains already nothing like the man. From the resulting mass is sieved fragments of metal — “compost” is ready. No one touches the corpse around is not posted no smell — technology close to perfection. Biodegradable “coffin” containing the remains is buried almost at the surface of the earth, where in about 18 months it turns into fertile soil.

About as does the technology that its Creator — a Swedish Suzanne Wiig-Masak — called “promessa”, from the Latin promessa “promise”: the promise of nature to bring back all the matter received from her. The place where the bodies of the dead will be subjected to the above operation, called “promatory”.


Freezing the body using liquid nitrogen for rapid biodegradation. A frame from the video.

As a result of promessi — in contrast to cremation, and the more traditional funeral according to Christian rites the remains as quickly as possible and fully included in the ecological cycle of matter. Straight to Victor Tsoi: “Red-red blood in an hour already simply earth… she’s alive again”. The maximum approximation to nature, where the wolves bite spot: the remains of any animal quickly disposed of the micro – or macropolicy.

However, Russian customers are not yet ready for such innovations in one of the most conservative areas of life, I believe many members of the funeral industry interviewed by “MK”. Even regarding the cremation of bodies is still no consensus: the Orthodox tradition requires burial in the ground “in kind”. For any believer reading the Symbol of faith, confirms that “denotes the resurrection of the dead”, and books of the apostles and Church fathers clearly indicate a resurrection in bodily form. But as a “rise from the grave”, if it is the urn with the ashes? “Dismembering” technology promisee causes the same issues.

— Funeral industry is extremely conservative, — says Natalya Fomina, Director of a Metropolitan funeral agencies. — What kind of bioutilization remains, we say, if the majority of cemeteries require fences? Our clients need a place where you can come and remember a loved one — lying as it is…

— Why not? — objection St. Thomas, her colleague Larissa Nikishina. This is really an advanced technology. Of course, at first it will be units of progressive people, but then she has a chance to become standard. This has already happened with the cremation.

Indeed, the fire burial as industrial technology funeral well suited for cities, was a novelty in the first decades of the twentieth century. In Russia the construction of crematoria, writes in his book “Soviet everyday life: norms and anomalies” Russian sociologist and cultural anthropologist Natalia Lebina was discussed before the revolution of 1917. However, only after the coming to power of the Bolsheviks crematorium and a columbarium wall for the burial urns became a reality. In particular, a crematorium was converted one of the churches of the Moscow Donskoy monastery.


The human remains after the procedure, promissee. Frame from the movie.

But not in itself the avant-garde made cremation popular. This required a “housing problem”: the areas provided in the old Moscow cemeteries in the Soviet and post-Soviet time, was so small that in fact meant the only burial urns. Buried according to Christian tradition in a big city simply were a luxury and cremation was a normal variant.

Perhaps in the future a similar fate may await promissio. After all the graves of people buried so quickly “self-cleaning”. And the flowers on them will probably grow up to be excellent.

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