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By the 5th century, with the spread of Christianity, the practice of burning bodies gradually disappeared from Europe. Surrounding him are a necklace of jade and gold, an ornament of quetzal feathers, a copilli (crown), his name glyph and three slaves to be sacrificed to accompany him in the afterlife.In early Roman Britain, cremation was usual but diminished by the 4th century.
The ancient Egyptians developed an intricate transmigration of soul theology, which prohibited cremation. The Babylonians, according to Herodotus, embalmed their dead.The rise of Christianity saw an end to cremation, being influenced by its roots in Judaism, the belief in the resurrection of the body, and following the example of Christ's burial.Anthropologists have been able to track the advance of Christianity throughout Europe with the appearance of cemeteries.Some families prefer to have the deceased present at the funeral with cremation to follow; others prefer that the cremation occur prior to the funeral or memorial service.In many countries, cremation is usually done in a crematorium.