Death is the most inevitable truth which no one can avoid. Anti aging treatments and care products can prevent signs of aging and keep your vital organs fitter than the rest but you can’t overcome death. Prohibition of death is not a very new concept. It dates back to 5th century BC when dying in the holy, religious city of Delos was prohibited. But it will seem that prohibition of death is an old custom which has withered with time. The truth is that there is a place in the Arctic region where dying is still prohibited.
In a town named, Longyearbyen, situated at the Norwegian Svalbard islands dying have been prohibited. Before the 1930s there were no such prohibitions in this place and the dead were buried in cemeteries as usual. Then it was discovered that the buried dead bodies could not be decomposed because the underground soil had lots of permafrost. The permafrost prevented the bodies from decomposing. That’s the reason why new dead bodies were not buried in this region. People, who become ill or are on the verge of death, have to be transported or shipped to another part of the Arctic for burial. Sometimes people die in Longyearbyen by chance and they have to be deported after death to some other place nearby for burial rituals.
The tough climate and a very inconvenient location makes Longyearbyen a place where dying would be similar to a crime. The capability of the permafrost in preserving dead bodies has raised interest in many scientists and biologists. Some days ago a scientist found that the influenza virus is still alive inside the one of the buried dead bodies. The small town is home for some 1,500 people who live in log cabins.
The global warming has transformed the local weather substantially. The water bodies do not freeze anymore in the winter months. People who live here are finding it difficult to cope with such changes. The polar bears are one of the prime objects of local interest and most people know how to shoot one down. But though people love to hunt with change in international hunting policies, killing the polar bears have become prohibited. Life is hard for the local people due to the harsh sun that dazzles throughout the six months of never ending days and the cold and chill of the long months of nights.