"Body Is Cremated on Funeral Pyre" (1906)

An article from the November 3, 1906 edition of the Oregonian recording the alleged "first Hindoo funeral and cremation ever solemnized" in the United States. The funeral was held for Rauma Singh, who died in Astoria from consumption. The article describes the proceedings as "quiet," "not as spectacular as was expected," and lacking the "grewsomeness that was anticipated." The rest of the article describes the ceremony, which was conducted by four other Hindoos.

Religion, Early Immigration

Date: November 3, 1906
Language: English
Source: Oregonian
Location: Astoria, OR

Item History: 2011-10-25 (created); 2013-05-03 (modified)

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