The Merry Cemetery

I was flipping through the magazines’ editorial I collected and came across an article “The Merry Cemetery”. I’m still touched by those stories written on graves. Those photos were taken by photographer Peter Kayafas.

“The Merry Cemetery” is located in a small village in Romania – Sapanta. This cemetery is famous for their colourful graves, and the unconventional way presenting the dead. On those tombstones there’re  poetic descriptions of the owner in first-person singular, telling people who they are and how they passed away. Reading those words make you feel that the dead are still here telling us their stories! There’re also paintings on graves, some painted the image of the dead, and some painted how they died. This is much warmer than just writing the name and date of death on tombstones….

I’ve been thinking why the graves have to be dumb (most are rectangular and grey) and creepy?? Tombstones in HK and China got a photo of the owner on them. And the photos are mostly serious or stiff faces…. they seem to tell you they don’t want to die or they don’t know why they’re dead. When I was walking in the cemetery, I felt that there were thousands of eyes watching me. LoL

OK maybe I think too much. Anyway I won’t like being buried in such places. But it’s not really my choice. You cannot control it after you’re gone! And in Hong Kong, you have to wait 6 months to 3 years until your ashes can be put into a columbarium.(Public one I mean, if you have money you can go to private ones) This is crazy. Hong Kong is too crowded. You can’t even “rest in peace”…!!! I’d rather rest in sea.

Here’s some photos and translations of the tombstones.

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

Peter Kayafas The Merry Cemetery

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