2016
07.23
TOMB DETAIL

TOMB DETAIL

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Given the importance of burials which I mentioned in the Post IT TAKES A VILLAGE, I thought I would insert a few typical tomb stones and graves here as a photo essay.  In the villages, tombs occupy the central space and are most likely still fashioned in the traditional ways (limestone) and decorated with traditional symbols.   In the cities, each family has their tomb in their front yard. At times the size of the tomb rivals that of the house…  Often, materials such as concrete or bathroom tiles replace traditional materials.   If animals are depicted on the tomb exteriors, such as buffalos, pigs, chickens, or horses – this is an indication that these animals have been slaughtered to accompany the deceased into the afterlife.

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  1. On a side note, I read an article in the paper last week that showed an Indonesian Tenggerese Hindu worshiper throwing a chicken into the crater of Mount rumor during the Yadnya Kasada Festival in Probolinggo, Indonesia. The ceremony is a way to express gratitude to the gods for good fortune.

    • Yes, indeed! That was the festival I was trying to attend. But it drags on over a full month and I could not pin-point the culmination of it. I only saw flowers being thrown in. But they potentially throw anything from chickens to money.