Proper Burial for a Naturalist

I will leave a sum in my last will for my body to be carried to Brazil and to these forests. It will be laid out in a manner secure against the possums and the vultures just as we make our chickens secure; and this great Coprophanaeus beetle will bury me. They will enter, will bury, will live on my flesh; and in the shape of their children and mine, I will escape death. No worm for me nor sordid fly, I will buzz in the dusk like a huge bumble bee. I will be many, buzz even as a swarm of motorbikes, be borne, body by flying body out into the Brazilian wilderness beneath the stars, lofted under those beautiful and un-fused elytra which we will all hold over our backs. So finally I too will shine like a violet ground beetle under a stone.


To have one's body placed outdoors or in a shallow grave so that it make give birth to thousands of insects that feed on it.

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 My intended burial and why
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Hamilton, W.D. (2000), My intended burial and why, Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 12 111-122, Retrieved on 2011-04-21


18 MAY 2011

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