December 1, 2011
Tibetan Buddhism is a fusion of the shamanic Bön religion and Indian Tantric Buddhism. From the times of the Bön religion originates the sky burial ritual – after death, the body including the bones is hacked into small pieces, which are left at specific sites to be eaten by birds. According to local beliefs, the […]
November 13, 2011
Cave graves are abundant around Southern Sichuan Province. Clay dogs are used to guard the graves, and the deceased is supplied with objects and animals of everyday use, so that these graves represent the lifestyle of the deceased and helped historians to study everyday life of former times. Coffins are decorated with symbolic animal figures […]
October 25, 2011
Near the tomb of the emperor Qin, three pits containing an army of life-size Terracotta Warriors, horses, chariots, administrators, entertainers, etc. were discovered. The excavations are still ongoing, and more pits are expected to be found. The tomb of the emperor itself has not been excavated, yet – there are legends of traps including a […]
October 5, 2011
This Cemetery on West Hong Kong Island is set around the slopes of hills, overlooking a bay. Graves of wealthy people have large tombstones and religious statues, whereas other graves are small niches in walls with name plaques, images of the dead, and flower vases.
September 29, 2011
Ancient graves and megaliths with paintings overlooking the lake Danau Sentani can be found at Tutari. Devil Dance costumes are worn by Asmat tribespeople for ritual dances. During healing dances, medicinal hats are worn whose shape resembles the illness. Special bones are thought to have healing powers. Ancestral figures are prayed to, but also feared. […]
September 25, 2011
The mummy of Wim Tok Mabel, who was a powerful chieftain of the Dani tribe ~250 years ago, can be visited in Sumpaima village in the Baliem valley. The corpse was mummified by smoking it over a fire, and is kept in a traditional hut.
September 9, 2011
The Muslim part of the capital, Tual, has a cemetery with old, crooked trees, which faces the sea and some old mosques, and is a good sunset watching spot. There are both old and new graves, which are all surrounded by low walls. Directly on the beach Pasir Panjang, there is another cemetery. Near Ohoidertawun […]
August 9, 2011
This Christian Cemetery in Dili, the capital of East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, reminds of a South American cemetery in many ways due to its tropical surroundings and statues of saints. Graves are made mainly from tiles and are covered with plastic flowers and candles melting in the hot sun – there is also […]
July 20, 2011
In Bali, Hinduism is blended with animism – it is believed that spirits are everywhere, and people put small offerings of food and flowers in palm leaves on the pavement that one mustn’t step on. Unfortunately, the Hindus also believe that harming any creature is bad for your Karma, so that the island is overpopulated […]
June 30, 2011
Argentina’s largest cemetery has mostly family vaults with dramatic, morbid statues, many cats, and the tomb of Evita.
May 9, 2009
The expression Necro-Tourism was given significance in the context of tourists traveling to Ground Zero, so some pictures of this rather unspectacular construction ground should not be missing in this collection. Close by there is an old cemetery – a little island of peace and quiet in buzzing Manhattan.
December 29, 2008
The Valley of the Kings bears many graves of emperors, such as the tomb of Tutanchamun. Before their death, the graves were carved into stone – they have tunnel style walk ways decorated with images and scriptures which are supposed to help the deceased proceed into the land of the dead, and end in a […]
August 30, 2007
The Lord of Sipan was an emperor of ancient Peru who was buried in a pyramid, together with servants, food, and jewellery. A genetic test showed that his uncle was buried in a nearby grave. Every emperor has a unique style of jewellery, such as a plate worn around the neck, which helps with their […]
August 20, 2007
People living around the desert high plane of Nasca were buried together with many valuable gifts. Grave robbers have taken all of them away, but the bodies with their clothes and dreadlocks can still be seen. Around the dry desert plane, water was scarce, and rituals were performed to ask the gods for rain. Huge […]
December 9, 2006
A pole with coins nailed to it serves as a charm against toothaches. Scenes from the Karma Sutra are used as decorations for temples at Pashupatinath and at Durbar Square in Patan. Street stalls sell medicinal herbs. Snake Charmers could be found around Thamel, Kathmandu, until 2006, but they have disappeared now.