Traditional burning method used

PETALING JAYA: The remains of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and the three men she was last seen with were believed to have been burnt using cow dung and petrol, a highly effective traditional method which can reduce a human body to ashes in between 30 minutes and an hour.

The average human body takes from two to three hours to burn completely when in a coffin and placed in the furnace, pre-heated at 1,100°C.

However, the traditional method, which originates from India, involves placing cow dung on the body and sprinkling some petrol which is then lit.

“A gas released from the burning cow dung increases the intensity of the fire which reduces the body to ash very quickly, often leaving only the femur (thigh bone) and pelvic bone still intact,” a source said.

Source: The Star