Weird Cemeteries Found in the World
November! What comes to your mind besides going out for a trick-or-treat? The cemetery? Right! The month of November celebrates the day of the dead which is really a very nice thing to have in order to show respect to those that have passed on. Remembering the things that our passed love ones had done when they were still alive is a symbol of our everlasting love for them and the perfect setting for doing so is none other than the cemetery. Cemetery is a place for the dead people, this is where they reside and sometimes other people especially children are scared of it as rumors like the dead will rise keeps on buzzing around. But would you really find it as scary as the made up stories are or would you rather be amazed by the way it is systematized.
1 Baby Grave Trees
Have you guessed what the name just meant? Well, baby trees are resting place for the infants that had died in the Tana Toraja land and is quite a unique burial customs for the people living there. Honestly, the tribe has a different point of view about life and death. In what sense? Well, funerals may last for a week and must be one of the main events of their calendar. The tribe will then dress in bright colors and start dancing merrily as they tell stories of the deceased. Going back to the trees, if a baby dies before he or she could start teething, the whole family will have to cut a hole in a tree, wrap the baby in a cloth and place the dead child inside of it. Hard to believe, Right?
2 Old Jewish Cemetery
This cemetery is really a site to see, know why? Because it dated back since 1439 and is said to have stopped operating in the year 1787. And guess what, as of today, this cemetery is now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Prague. Space was insufficient in Old Jewish Cemetery that bodies were buried on top of each other. And many historians predicted that the graves are layered in about 12 deep. And as years passed by, the tombs begun to crooked and thus, creating such unruly, poetic groupings.
3 Okuno-in Cemetery
Located in Mount Koya which is a sacred village that has more than a hundred Buddhist temples. What’s catchy about this cemetery? It is the famous belief that goes with it. It is said that the founder of Shingon Buddhism, Kobo Daishi who is one of the most respected religious figure in Japan is resting there waiting to be reborn. Thousands of people are also buried with him, anticipating to reborn, too. In the cemetery, one thing you will notice is the numerous number of Jizo present. Jizo is a beloved deity of Japanese who is portrayed by a sweet innocent child monk that is said to be the protector of children and women.
4 Hanging Coffins
You would probably have your mouth wide open if you see this one. That’s right, you have read it correctly – they are ‘hanging’ coffins indeed. But this way of having there dead lay on a coffin hanged at the side of the mountains is actually a tradition for Igorot people in the Plilippines. They believe that by hanging their deceased loved ones, they bring them closer to heaven and also, have them in a better position to watch over their families. Well, having such beliefs isn’t a bad thing as long as they don’t go that far.