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Mystery Chase Vault - moves the casket Barbados

In Barbados, there is a tomb named Chase Vault. The tomb is not as common graves we know it. The building is large and can contain many coffins in it. However, the mystery is not there. There are strange events that occurred in this tomb. It seems, coffin-coffin placed in it can move by itself.

This mystery is known as the coffin moved Barbados and has been the subject of several research papers.

It started in 1724.

In that year, a man named James Elliot to build a large underground tomb. Door of the tomb was made of a heavy marble and designed in a special way. Because of heavy rock, it takes about 6-7 people to move it.

Chase Vault

When the tomb was closed, a large crack in the marble that will be cemented so as not easy to open. If one day the door of the tomb is about to be opened again to bury someone, then the cement must be erased again. After the funeral process is complete, the marble was moved and must be cemented back.

Thus the tomb was designed in such a way.

Inner Chase Vault

Although it has struggled to build it, Elliot was never buried in the place. The place was left empty until the date of July 31, 1807 when Mrs.Thomasina Goddard was buried in that place. Mrs.Goddard corpse laid in a wooden coffin.

In 1808, the tomb was bought by the Chase family, a family of wealthy and respected in Barbados. Because of changes in ownership, the tomb was later given the name of the Chase Vault, which means the Chase family tomb.

Thomas Chase, Chase family leader, was one of the most hated in Barbados. According to one record in people's almanac:

"The head of the family is someone who has a bad disposition, he was so cruel to his slaves so that they often threatened to kill him."

On February 22, 1808, the youngest child named Mary Ann Thomas Chase 2-year-old died and his body was taken to the Chase Vault for burial.

Door of the tomb was opened, Mary Ann coffin made of heavy tin and then brought into it and placed beside the coffin Mrs.Goddard.

Chase Vault doors were closed again with the big marble and cemented.

After the death of Mary Ann, slowly, Chase Vault began to be filled by the Chase family members of other bodies.

On July 6, 1812, only 5 years after the death of Mary Ann, Son Thomas the other by the name of Dorcas Chase, also died. Some people say that Dorcas had committed suicide by hunger strike because of depression with his father.

Dorcas's corpse was taken to Chase Vault and casket are also made of heavy tin put in place with Mrs.Goddard coffin and Mary Ann.

Just a few weeks after the burial Dorcas, Mr.Thomas Chase, the head of the family, died from suicide. His body was put into the coffin of lead weighing 108 pounds and was taken to Chase Vault.

This was the beginning of a perplexing mystery.

When the door of the tomb was opened, the undertaker was shocked to find dead crates existing in it are at an improper position. Mary Ann Chase coffin was shifted to the other corner.

Chase Family members who saw it became very upset and thought there tomb raider who has been messing coffin-coffin. However, they did not find anything missing from the grave.

Mary Ann's casket and then returned to its original position and Chase Vault door back closed.

But the mystery does not end here.

On September 25, 1816, four years after the funeral of Thomas Chase, the tomb was re-opened. This time to accommodate the body of Charles Brewster Ames who was 11 years old.

Once again, they found all the coffins had been on the move, including the coffin of Thomas Chase is very heavy. The only coffin that has not changed position only wooden coffin Mrs.Goddard property.

The officer then ordered that the funeral-coffin coffin was returned to its original position. I was so heavy coffin Thomas Chase, it takes eight men to improve their position.

Chase Vault back entrance sealed.

52 days later, on November 17, 1816, Chase Vault door re-opened. This time to receive the body of Samuel Brewster Ames.

Once again, the undertaker found the coffin-coffin in it has changed position. And just as before, Mrs.Goddard wooden coffin is the only coffin that do not migrate.

So, for the third time they returned all the coffins were returned to its original position.

Three years later, on July 17, 1819, the tomb was re-opened to receive the body of Thomasina Clark. Unlike the previous coffin, corpse Clark put in wooden coffins.

When the door of the tomb was opened, they recovered a coffin-coffin in it was in a messy position.

Four of these mysterious events and attract the attention of the governor of Barbados, Lord Combermere, who was mentioned Clark attended the funeral.

The Governor then ordered the thorough examination of the tomb. But not found any signs of vandalism or secret path towards the grave.

Thus, the coffin-coffin again prepared as before.

Mr.Goddard coffin made of wood has weathered extraordinary that people tie casket with rope to prevent loose mess and then put them in contact with the wall corner.

After that, the tomb of sand sprinkled on the floor to detect any footprints.

Then Chase Vault door back closed. this time not only closed, Lord Combermere even sealed the door of the tomb with a seal of the governor.

April 18, 1820, eight months after burial Thomasina Clark, Chase Vault re-opened, not to accept a new body, but to meet the demand of Lord Combermere who want to know the conditions inside the tomb.

When the door of the tomb is opened, once again, all the coffins in it has moved position. And just like before-before, Mrs.Goddard wooden coffin was the only one who did not move.

Position before

Position after review

Not seen any footprints in the sand on the floor of the tomb.

How coffin-coffin can move?

Those who examined him found no signs that this is caused by human hands. they also found no remains of standing water or flooding that might shift the coffin-coffin. Some people propose the possibility of an earthquake, but in that time span, not an earthquake in Barbados.

Because the investigation is carried out does not bring any results, the Chase family decided not to use the tomb again. Chase Vault and then be ignored and the coffin-coffin in it removed and buried elsewhere.

The tomb still exists today and left empty.

The story about the coffin moved Barbados was first published by Sir JE Alexander in his book entitled "Transatlantic Sketches", published in 1833. After that, there are still some more writings that tell the story about this mystery.

In December 1907, Andrew Lang, a researcher on folk tales from England to try to investigate the truth of this story. He worked a number of documents originating from Barbados, including burial records and local newspapers.

Lang could not find any news about this phenomenon in the newspaper or cemetery records at the time of this event is happening. However, he found one unpublished notes from Nathan Lucas, who claims to be a witness when the Chase Vault was opened for the last time in 1820.

Lang, could not provide definitive conclusions.

The next research effort comes from a modern writer named Joe Nickell through his book "Barbados restless coffins laid to rest" which was published in 1982.

Nickell believes that the events that move the coffin at all never happened. According to him, this story is just a Masonic Hoax.

The point is, this story is just an allegory that contains stories about the secret room that according to Masonic texts are ancient mystery, a symbol of death in which Divine truth can be found.

Nickell connecting the casket story moves with the Oak Island treasure mystery that is also believed to be a Masonic another Hoax.

Just like any other Masonic allegory, the story is believed to only be made by the Masons as a symbolic story that never happened in the real world and is only intended as an instruction for members of other Freemasons.

Nickell also cited evidence comes from the words of Lucas:

"I've checked all the walls, curve and every part of the Chase Vault and find that every part of old age and the like; and a masons (Mason) in every part of me hitting the bottom of the tomb with his gavel, and it was all solid."

One of the quotes about the sound the hammer can be found at Macoy's Illustrated History and Encyclopedia of Freemasonry in which it is said that the Masons honor the Masters hammer pounding sound that symbolizes authority.

Still according to Nickell, use of the word "Mason" to refer to a mason by Lucas quite interesting. Nickell suspect that Lucas himself was a Mason who participated in making it an allegory.

Nickell also believe that other famous Masons participated in this allegory the story and helped cover it up, like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever discuss the Chase Vault in the 1919 article in the newspaper "The Strand". In the article, Doyle uses the word "Effluvia" which means the grave.

The word, generally only understood by the Masons.

Nickell theory regarded as the most plausible explanation of this mystery.

However, outside the usual, although this story is considered a hoax, similar mystery is never happened in the tomb in Stanton, Suffolk, and at the funeral Oesel Lutherian on the small island in the Baltic sea. Both mysteries are equally occur in the 19th century and equally unresolved.

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10 The No Ordinary Funeral

In many cultures in the world, death is something sacred that required a special ceremony to honor or commemorate the dead menreka. Looks like burial and cremation is a ritual of death is commonly encountered. However, believest you that there are some cultures dispose of the bodies, danced with the corpse to the most terrible is the ritual of eating corpse! ... ..
Please prepare yourself before you read the ritual of unusual deaths below:

10. Funeral With Nude Dancers

Attending the funeral ceremonies can be boring, unless there are professional strippers at funerals. In China Donghai area, the funeral was a status symbol. Reputation and honor the dead is considered directly proportional to the number of people who attended his funeral. So the family hired strippers to attract a crowd. The Chinese authorities have begun to crack down on this practice after the incessant media reported.

9. Dancing With the Dead

Believe it or not, the Malagasy in Madagascar remove the dead from the grave and do the celebration with them. Ritual called Famadihana is believed the spirit of the deceased will be joined by their fathers after his body decomposed. The celebration is accompanied by dances with the dead is held once every seven years and is a joyful family reunion time.

8. Sky Burial

Tibet harsh climate and rocky soil make the funeral there was impossible. So, citizens of Buddhism in Tibet often go for a 'sky burial' in which the body would be chopped, mixed with flour and set in such a way as to be eaten by birds of prey. They believe that the body is merely a vessel for the soul and must return to nature.

7. Tana Toraja funeral

Cemeteries in Tana Toraja region of Indonesia is a great ritual. A funeral is accompanied by music, dance and party to a number of guests. Understandably, death here is a luxurious opportunity at a great price. So, the family of the deceased is given the suspension, they do not need to bury the bodies immediately. They just can wrap it and store it in their homes, while they save money for funeral expenses. Savings can take weeks, months or even years. While that time, the corpse is treated as a sick person and included in the daily routine. A funeral is actually happening when the family did the ceremony of death and the coffin was placed in a cemetery in the form of cave or hanging on the cliff.

6. Death fascinates

People now can 'wear' their loved ones on their fingers. An American company that is LifeGem offers opportunity for those who died and loved into a synthetic diamond. This process begins by capturing carbon from the body during cremation of the deceased. Carbon from dead body is then converted into graphite subsequently undergo a process with very high temperature and pressure to get a crystal gleaming like diamonds. Prices range from $ 3,500 to $ 20,000 depending on the size of rust.

5. Fantasy coffins

If only Elvis died in Teshi (Ghana), then he will be buried in a coffin-shaped guitar. Residents of this suburb Accran in the habit of burying their dead in coffins fantasy. The coffin was a portrait of the deceased profession. replica of a giant bottle of coke, fruit or 'gadgets' other will be displayed in the coffin showroom.

4. Endocannibalisme

Perhaps this ritual worst death ever. Endocannibalism e is the practice where people eat the dead bodies. The idea behind this terrible habit is the belief that by eating the body of the dead then all at once would 'suck' the properties of the deceased for the assimilation of the spirit. Some tribes in South America and Australia are said to have practiced this horrible ritual. But many academics feel endocannibalisme are false accusations thrown by the colonial administration in the early days to get the reason of political domination. According to the anthropologist Napoleon Changon, Yanomamo communities in South America still eat the ashes and remaining bones of people who die after the cremation.

3. Self-mummification

This makes the near-death ritual sounds like a joke. Some Buddhist monks called Sokushinbutsu in Japan not just commit suicide, they also do so in a way that is believed to cause them to be a mummy. This process begins with a diet of nuts and fruits combined with hard physical activity. Elimination of body fat is achieved with the first step. The second step involves the loss of body fluids and poison their bodies to prevent maggot attack. This is achieved by consuming the skin, roots and poisonous tea for a thousand days.
At the last stage, the monk was about to enter a tomb stone, sitting in the lotus position and wait for death. He will ring the bell every day to let fellow monks knew that he was still alive. And then when the bell no longer rang, the monks will seal the tomb, to wait 1000 days to go before opening it to verify that mummification.

2. Fasting To Death

Vimla Devi, an Indian woman's fight against cancer, died in 2006. The cause of death was not cancer but fasting for 13 days called santhara. This voluntary death by fasting practiced by the Jains, a community that believes anti-violence towards all beings. Santhara usually begins after the person decides that his life goal has been reached and ready for spiritual purification . Known for a similar ritual, which is often regarded as a form of suicide or euthanasia. However, in the community, santhara this taboo.

1. Exposure

Zoroastrians believe that after death the body only makes pollution alone. Cremation or burial ruled out because they assume will pollute the sacred elements like fire and earth. So, they perform a ritual called the exposure of the dead. The deceased's body is stored in the tower called the Tower of Silence and allowed to be eaten by vultures. This practice is still carried out in the Indian subcontinent. Reduced Vulture vulture population in India has caused this process to be horrible. Some recent photos, showing the rotting corpses pile on top of Tower in Mumbai (India), and generates controversy in the community.

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