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Hindu Practice of Cremation

To the Editor,
	This may seem like a silly question, but what seems to be the
	basis of the hindu practice of cremation?  Also, what are the
	reasons for deviating from the general practice of cremation?

	The reason I ask is because my family (paternal side) has been 
	burying their deceased for the past few generations at least
	(we are Malaysian born hindus of Tamil origin).  Nobody seems
	to know why or are reluctant to speak about it.

Many Thanks,

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