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The Sentry describes Polynices' burial as "...just a light cover of road-dust on it, as if someone meant to lay the dead to rest and keep from getting cursed."

What does this suggest about the Theban beliefs and rituals surrounding death?


Dead bodies were left to decompose and fertilize the ground, yielding rich soil that would never be cursed.


Unburied bodies came back to curse those irresponsible enough to leave them unburied.


The unburied dead cursed the ground where they lay, rendering it incapable of growing crops.


An unburied body is cursed and spreads its curse to anyone and anything that lays eyes on it.


A cursed person can assuage their guilt and rid themselves of their curse by burying an unburied corpse.

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