Monday 09 December, 2013 by Uncle Spike
In many cultures, and in many parts of the world, burial is still preferred; either for religious reasons or personal preference.
There are large old church cemeteries in places like England dating back hundreds of years. Then there are those devastatingly sad vast fields of simple graves for millions of fallen soldiers of battles and wars across the globe.
Here in our village we too have a couple of graveyards. I thought about taking a number of shots, but I feel that may be ever so slightly intrusive, so I opted for just these couple of images to share with you. Perhaps one day, Uncle Spike will rest here too – I can think of far worse.
This first image shows a couple of marble graves. In Islamic burial, the cleansed, shroud-wrapped body of the deceased is interred deep under ground, with the head faced towards Mecca. Stone is not used to ‘close’ the top of the visible grave, but instead, flowers are planted as almost a symbolic continuation of life.
This second image shows the area where we wash before a burial or for saying prayers at a graveside (known as Ablution). In a village, this is a simple affair with a concrete stool and a tap fed with water from the mountain streams.