Weekly most moving moment: Two quotes about the dead and kama muta

Weekly most moving moment: Two quotes about the dead and kama muta

This week we are looking exactly in the opposite direction we looked last week. We will see two examples of how death can be closely connected to feelings of Kama Muta:

„The body of the deceased affords the most direct consubstantial assimilation with her or him. In some cultures, survivors bury the dead in the floors if their homes, or in crypts in the churches where they worship, this placement affords many moments of material reconnection. There are cultures in which a widow wears her deceased husband’s jawbone on a necklace and carries his skull behind her in a net bag; do widows feel kama muta sometimes when they put these on in the morning? Even the bones of a stranger can be evocative.“ — Alan P. Fiske [1]


„I was in India not long ago. […] One day I wandered into a park, and this part had a little science museum in the back. […] there was a human skeleton. And above the human skeleton, written in English and in Hindi, was this sign; it said: ‚Please see toward me. I was as you are. You have to be as me. Hence, love all.’
And it was very moving. I remembered it quite vividly.“ — Ronald D. Siegel [2]


[1]: Kama Muta: Discovering the Connecting Emotion (book, 2019)
[2]: The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being (course lecture, 2014)