We read about them in books and see them on the silver screen, but what's the real deal on coffins? Test your knowledge of the realities and myths that surround these creepy containers with our fact-or-fiction quiz.
Question 1 of 20
"Coffin" is the preferred term for burial receptacles in the American funeral industry.
Question 2 of 20
The words "coffin" and "casket" both referred at one time to types of baskets.
Question 3 of 20
A coffin prevents a deceased body from decaying.
Question 4 of 20
Cremation ovens are powerful enough to break down even metal coffins.
Question 5 of 20
American culture puts more emphasis on elaborate coffins than English and Australian cultures do.
Question 6 of 20
The hanging coffins of the Bo people in China date back to as early as 770 B.C.
Question 7 of 20
The Bo people probably chose to place hanging coffins in high-up caves and on cliffs to protect their dead from enemies.
Question 8 of 20
The Jewish faith dictates that coffins should be as opulent as the deceased's family can afford.
Question 9 of 20
The Ghanain people bury their dead in coffins that are decorated to reflect the deceased's interests or career.
Question 10 of 20
Body snatchers broke into graves in order to steal any valuables a body might have been buried with.
Question 11 of 20
During the body snatching era, families who could not afford precautions like iron cages and guards for family members' gravesites sometimes filled their loved ones' graves with stones to deter body snatchers.
Question 12 of 20
A coffin with a permeable seal is safer than one with an impermeable seal.
Question 13 of 20
Taphophobia is the diagnosed fear of vampires.
Question 14 of 20
According to ancient Egyptian beliefs, the Egyptian Coffin Texts, which evolved from the Pyramid Text, allowed all Egyptian people access to spells that would help them pass into the afterlife.
Question 15 of 20
The Egyptian Coffin Texts represent the first known description of a culture's cosmology.
Question 16 of 20
Vampire lore holds that vampires remain stiff and cold while sleeping in coffins during the day, and then reanimate at night.
Question 17 of 20
Some cultures believe that it is preferable to go into debt as opposed to giving a family member a cheap or substandard funeral.
Question 18 of 20
The word pall can refer to both a cloth draped over a coffin and a general feeling of gloom.
Question 19 of 20
King Tutankhamen, more commonly known as King Tut, was interred in three caskets.
Question 20 of 20