Oooo, there’s a very mysterious star in our galaxy, and it just might be (or have been?) civilized.
Here’s an example of a (wonderful) rabbit hole: Reading about devices used by spiritualists in the 19th century led to the Mysterious Planchette website and weblog, which THEN led to the International Association for the Preservation of Spiritualist and Occult Periodicals!
And finally, here are photos and details of how the Toraja in central Indonesia inter their dead. It’s pretty fascinating.