Darius, king of ancient Persia, encounters the Callatians, a tribe of people native to India, and is intrigued by their cultural death ritual. When a Callatian father passes on, his children eat his body. Darius asks some Greeks present in his court what it would take for any of them to eat the body of their father, rather than have it cremated. His court, horrified, replies that no price could convince them to desecrate the body of their father so. He then asks the Callatians what it would take for them to burn the remains of their fathers, to which they replied, aghast, that for no price would they do such a thing.