As Tsunami Robbed Life, It Also Robs Rite of Death
In Japan, it is not normal to bury the dead, much less to lay dozens side by side in a backhoe-dug furrow. Cremation is both nearly universal and an important rite in an elaborate funeral tradition deeply rooted in Buddhism.
Japan Relief - Calling Volunteers
6 Other Calamities Blamed On Divine Retribution
The colossal 8.9-magnitude “superquake” that erupted just off Japan was 8000 times more powerful than the one that recently hit Christchurch in New Zealand. Food For Life Global is calling volunteers to join the relief mission in Japan.
Age-old questions about divine punishment are back. Again. Blaming human sinfulness for natural and man-made disasters is nothing new. “This kind of thinking is actually typical rather than atypical in world history,” says Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor.
Historic Earthquake and Tsunami Hits Japan
An 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Northeast Japan spawned a ferocious tsunami that's caused massive destruction; flattening whole cities, starting raging fires, and killing hundreds. The Tokyo ISKCON Center and Govinda`s Restaurant did not get impacted.