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Discuss Ancient Mysteries and Places - Atlantis, The Pyramids, Stonehenge, etc. Also Forbidden Archaeology.
Yup, take plenty of pics. As far as I know, Voodoo burial practices are pretty much the same as any. Bury being the keyword. In New Orleans those of the Voodoo faith are above ground due to the water table.
Oh yea. I used to love going through some of those old cemeteries there. Cool stuff!
My favorite cemetery in the world though (I think I've discussed it here before) is Perre LaChaise (sp) in Paris. Man, I could almost live there.
I'm sort of a cemetary fan myself. I spent some time at the one attached to St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah and I am looking forward to seeing another in Savannah soon. I forget the name of that one but I was told it's very nice and has a great history.
I also love the out of the way collection of headstone types that you find while traveling. When I lived in NJ, I would walk some of the old Revolutionary war battlefield gravesites.
I am a sucker for any historical marker along a roadside. I recall as a kid wanting to see Molly Pitcher's well. I finally convinced my parents to take a ride there one day. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6M ... reehold_NJ
My mom never quite understood my facination with gravesites and historical markers.
Yup, me too! That's an interesting story about Molly. I'd heard of her, but wasn't familiar.
40 plus years ago it was hard to find female role models in history books. Aside from Betsey Ross, Joan of Arc and a few other women, they were few and far between. Molly Pitcher was a local by my standards.
The graveyards of New Orleans and the surrounding area are interesting because bodies put into the ground 'float' to the top.
Scimitars were not available - beware January 19, 2038 is upon us.
Ok, so this is an old thread, but i'm interested
Can I ask why you (Profwag) think they are funerary features? Was there any human remains or anything?
I notice that this thread was brought over from somewhere else so apologies if i'm asking about something which had bee covered already.
Unfortunately, I didn't see human remains, just strange ways to bury people. A few modern headstones scattered among piles of dirt and a couple of them had a stilt like thing above the ground. I don't know if you got Gilligan's Island over in Scotland, but one of the episodes had Gilligan captured by native Islanders and they were burning him on a platform. It looked similar to that. I was back over there a few months ago, but I didn't make it down the road to see the area again, but will try again next time I go. This was the best picture I could find (notice the pile of weeds behind the tree and that's an idea of what some of the other areas I'm talking about looked, only a couple had platforms over the piles. There were others without platforms that were not as grown over as the one in the picture that definitely looked like they had just thrown dirt over the dead body.
My post life body disposal plans are quite simple;
Crush the Remains into a Fine Powder
Spread Evenly over Stonehenge
No Christian preaching or innuendo, no hymns, no drama!
Ok... if you want to throw a party and use me in a coffin as the center-piece, go for it.. .but as part of the clean-up follow the previous instructions
Frankly, I think we've surrendered far to much real estate when it comes to planting folks in the dirt and too, it's become outrageously expensive to do something nature tends to all on her own if given the chance. Baring that however, cremation is by far, the more logical funerary process going.
Plus it resolves my fear of being buried alive.
At least that would only be temporary. Think how bored you would be in a coffin, buried underground, with no TV, until your brain rots away...
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