I think in our case growing grapes in Central African might be a problem. BANANAS on the other hand are very popular! :-)
Seriously though, human remains make excellent fertilizer!
--- In Ushta@yahoogroups.com, Parviz Varjavand
> How about getting a natural setting and then creating a vineyard very naturally planted (not in industrial looking rows) and bury the corps naturally and planting a vine over it. Then as the grape vine matures, the decedents can harvest the grapes and make vine and drink it honoring their departed. Can this be done? (A very good year for grandpa Nowzar, let us drink to his big nose that we all seem to have inherited ;-)
> --- On Tue, 8/18/09, Alexander Bard
> From: Alexander Bard
> Subject: Re: [Ushta] Re: Towers of Silence - and the important principle behind them...
> To: Ushta@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 6:31 AM
> Dear Clint
> I agree with you. For me a traditional Scandinavian earth burial - going back to pagan times and Indo-European traditions - would do just fine. But it is important that we also understand that this is not sufficient for many traditional Zoroastrians for whom earth, water and fire may not touch the corpse, this is how sacred they regard the earth and how low they hold a dead body (as its opposite to a human being and not a human entity on its own). In that case, earth burials will not do, so recycling has become the favored option (as it is among Tibetan Lamaists too, who also feed corpses to vultures). However, understanding and sympathizing with a tradition does not mean we have to follow it. Zarathushtra for one did not care. So for you and me as western converts to Zoroastrianism, we are likely to construct our own habits that go with our faith and we should all respect each other for these various choices we make.