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The Ferengi death ritual consisted primarily of preserving a Ferengi body after death by means of vacuum desiccation. The process resulted in the Ferengi's body being reduced to a near powder, which was often stored in a set of 52 disks, marked with the Ferengi Seal of Dismemberment, and sold as a collectible on the Ferengi Futures Exchange.
The status of the Ferengi in life determined the price set on a disk of their remains. In 2369, the purported vacuum desiccated remains of Grand Nagus Zek were selling for 20 bars of latinum per disk. Nava was originally hesitant to pay that price but purchased a disk anyway when Krax promised him it would be worth twice as much in a year. (DS9: "The Nagus")
In order to ensure that the body of the deceased was in the best condition for desiccation, autopsies on Ferengi bodies were strictly prohibited. Doctor Beverly Crusher violated this rule, and the Prime Directive, in 2369 when she performed an autopsy on the body of Ferengi scientist Reyga. (TNG: "Suspicions")
See also Edit
- Bajoran death ritual
- Lurian death ritual
- Klingon death ritual
- Ktarian death ritual
- Vhnori death ritual