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Joseph, E.D. (1960). Cremation, Fire, and Oral Aggression. Psychoanal Q., 29:98-104.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:98-104

Cremation, Fire, and Oral Aggression

Edward D. Joseph, M.D.


An outline is given of the history of the traditional prohibition of cremation in the Jewish religion. This is related to preservation

of the body in connection with religious beliefs in resurrection, to the ceremonial expression of, or prohibition of, (oral) aggression, and historical repression of ancient cannibalistic rites. Two clinical cases are briefly presented in which the patients had especially pronounced attitudes toward cremation, associated with oral aggression.

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