Posted Feb 21 2012 - 03:39 PM
Hmm... I'll try to break this down into two possibilities.
1) The body is buried.
2) The body is not buried.
I'll start with 2).
We know that the matoran were created as tools. Say I break a wrench. What would I do? First I'd try to fix it, maybe see if I could save any of the material for scrap work. This is the logic that might propose matoran are not buried. They have quite a bit of mechanical parts to them, and if I were a Great Being, if one of these "broke down" (aka died) then I might consider that possibility and create a system where the materials might be reused.
We know matoran are created specially (they're full adults when created, and I've imaged they're made by a factory of sorts somewhere in Mata Nui's body for replacements). So, what if there's a sort of "laundry chute" or a "scrap yard" where Mata Nui's body could re-absorb the material and use them elsewhere?
If I were a Great Being, that's the route I would take instead of just wasting the material to create a matoran. '
I'm not necessarily saying the matoran actually use this system, but I think it's an interesting thought to consider the possibility of one existing.
1) matoran are buried.
However, the Great Beings did not count on the sentience of Matoran. Seeing as how human they act (humanoid figure, moral debates, etc), I wouldn't say it would be crazy to think they buried their dead. As said previously, the idea of "Memorial Carvings" would mean they do indeed have a similar outlook on death as humans would.
Going back to 2) for a moment: This doesn't necessarily mean the carvings go with the body. They could just be a place mark to remember what is lost (including the materials to create the matoran).
I could see either option being canon (maybe even both), though there seems to be a bit more support for 1), looking at the previous comments.