Monday, June 25, 2012

Taphophile Tragics # 27

If it was good enough for the ancient Egyptians, I guess it is good enough for us. As we travel that final journey, we need the accoutrements of our earthly life to cushion the journey. Here are three examples.

The first grave was unnamed, as are many out in that massive expanse of Rookwood Necropolis, which is equivalent to a standard Sydney suburb. Some family wag has given Joan a kicked 'bucket'. And the empty bottle of 4711 graces the tombstone of Marjorie Claudine Savage who hailed the ferryman in 2008 at the aqe of 92, not that you would know from the, admittedly, lovely portrait of her which is attached to her black marble tombstone.

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Welcome to the 27th week of Taphophile Tragics.

Your contribution is most welcome. Please ensure that you include some details of the cemetery in which you took your photographs, and link directly to your post, rather than simply to your blog in general. This week, Mr Linky opens at 9:30pm Monday, Sydney time (GMT+10), and closes at 9:30pm on the Friday. When you can, please visit the other contributing bloggers to show your appreciation of their endeavours. Due to time zone variations and overcrowded schedules, some contributions are made later than Tuesday/Wednesday. As per usual, we are working with the Linky with thumbnails, and displaying the oldest entry first, with no randomising.


Julie said...

Good to see you back again, Jose.

Francisca said...

Re: "we need the accoutrements of our earthly life to cushion the journey." Likewise, the Lao people burn a dead person's favorite things in hopes that this person will enjoy them in the afterlife. Not so different from the Chinese custom of burning paper likenesses at the grave sites. Interesting similarities.

hamilton said...

I see this often at a columbarium, but am seeing it more and more at gravesites now as well.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Interesting what is valued as important "extras" on that final journey! I have seen hats draped on graves too!

NixBlog said...

Interesting how these tributes to the dead go through cyclic phases. Leaving bits and pieces - remnants and accoutrements of daily life - by the grave goes in and out of fashion.

Thanks for hosting, Julie!

JM said...

Thanks, Julie! :-) Love the 4711 little bottle, it's been years since I last saw one.

Nicola Carpenter said...

ou don't see many grave goods here in the UK. Mainly because killjoy Council won't allow them for Health and Safety and because they apparently make the cemeteries look messy.

Great pictures.

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