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Increasingly common on the bed of the Thames.
03 06 2010 John Victor Cooper

Increasingly common on the bed of the Thames.


Throwing an urn containing the ashes of dead people into the Thames is practised by certain foreign cultures.

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jana 15-Jul-2017 23:24
The Swastika symbol which look like the Nazi emblem, holds a great religious significance for the Hindus. Swastika is a pictorial character in the shape of a cross with branches bent at right angles and facing in a clockwise direction. The word SWASTIKA stems from the Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language and means 'being happy'. In India the word is related to things of good fortune because it means being happy. The cause of all life and all manifestations of life is movement.
John Cooper22-Jun-2010 09:10
I had no idea what the symbol meant.

A lot of these urns, usually made of bronze and brass are collected by beachcombers and sold for scrap. This one was sealed, possibly the lid was soldered on.
Jason Anderson22-Jun-2010 01:56
And apparently the Indian Nazi Party.
I know, I know. But it still gives me a start every time I see it.
1moremile21-Jun-2010 23:43
Did you pick it up and try rubbing it 3 times?
Who knows? It's worth a try, John.
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