Ask a Mexican

This week we asked: The Vatican banned spreading human ashes as well as keeping them at home, what do you think?

The Vatican has banned the scattering of ashes, shortly after the New York Metropolitan Opera incident, where some guy jumped up from the audience and tossed his friend’s ashes  in the air over the orchestra.

Nobody knew what the stuff was, so the entire building was quickly evacuated and the haz mat people swooped down in their buttoned up outfits.

Human ashes are now being turned into almost anything, from trees to cups, to jewelry, and in some cases used as a spice in cooking! And in one case tossed into an orchestra pit. Sigh.

 The Vatican last week decreed this is no place for ashes in any of these new trends, and not in the home either, they should only be buried in cemeteries or sacred places.  Using ashes in these trendy ways might confuse people on the concept of death and reincarnation in some way.

A deceased loved one, said Father Salsa (yup, his last name is Salsa), should be in a place “accessible to everyone, where they can be venerated,” so a cemetery is preferable to a home. And scattering ashes can be “misunderstood as a sort of religion of nature, while we believe in resurrection,” he said. Well, there is that thorny problem of how are you going to rise up reincarnated if you’re reduced to a small pile of ashes.

Mexico being the extreme Catholic country it is, we asked Mexies, what they thought.

 The Vatican banned spreading human ashes as well as keeping them at home, what do you think?

1.Alberto Paniagua 32, Excon.

I think the church shouldn’t tell us what to do with our loved ones remains. It’s a long tradition to keep them at home and they take care of us. It is a whole person in those tiny containers, but I think it helps you with the mourning process and to not feel alone once they’re gone.

2. Gloria Ramirez, 43, stay at home mom.

I think it’s okay. There’s some crazy people who do crazy things with people’s remains, and that’s just not respectful. There was a kid in my neighborhood who took his grandmas ashes and inhaled them, it was just a rumor we didn’t know if he did but I think it’s crazy that someone can play with human remains like that.

 3.      Carlos Zite, 29, mechanic.
I think it’s a great idea, we should keep ashes in designated places, I believe in vibes and I think that if we are around human remains we could pick up something, like if they were suffering before death, we could be sad around the remains and such. It’s weird that people keep them in their mantel anyway.

4. Irma Ramirez, 37, HR consultant.

I think it’s another way for the church to make even more money, do you know how much mausoleums go for? And it’s a thing you must pay every year or so. I don’t see the harm in scattering family member’s ashes in the garden, we come from earth and to earth we shall return.

5.      Josue Jaramillo, 26, cook.

I don’t have an opinion about it, in my family everyone has chosen what happens to them after death, and I do want to be scattered, like on top of a mountain or something, but when I’m dead how will I know if my family respected my wishes?

6.      Gustavo Madrazo, 43, Store clerk.

The church has all these rules that we must follow as good Christians, and I think it’s as good as each one of us decides. Cemeteries and mausoleums are expensive anyway, and you’re dead, so why waste all that money? We could be buried in our home and it would make the grass greener anyway. ,