Graves

 

 

Californien 2013
Californien 2013
Californien 2013
Veterans’ Graveyard, Cabrillo Memorial, San Diego, California, United States. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-1 
Old tombstone, Svaneke Church, Bornholm, Denmark. The text reads as follows: ‘Here lies the noble Lady Magdalene Margrete Hesler Müller, born in Haderslev on … 1652, died on December 6, 1706’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2011
Tombstone of a little boy, adorned with his toys, Cottage Grove Cemetery, Kern Valley, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011
Chile 2011
Chile 2011
Chile 2011
Chile 2011
Pueblo Pampa Union is a deserted mining town north of Carmen Alto, Chile. Many of the graves in its cemetery are in various stages of decay. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Comorerne 1988 
Cemetery, overgrown by a climber, corallita (Antigonon leptopus), Moroni, Grande Comore, Comoro Islands. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
Tombstone of brilliant Danish linguist Rasmus Rask (1787-1832), born Rasmus Christian Nielsen Rasch, Assistens Kirkegård, Copenhagen, Denmark. – Rask wrote several grammars and worked on comparative phonology and morphology. He traveled extensively to study languages, first to Iceland, where he wrote the first grammar of Icelandic, and later to Russia, Persia (today Iran), India, and Ceylon (today Sri Lanka). Rask was the first linguist to draw a connection between the ancient Norse, and the Western and Eastern Germanic languages, as well as to point out the relationship between Lithuanian, Slavonic, Greek, and Latin. – Note the different languages engraved on the gravestone, e.g. runes, Hindi, and Arabic. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99 
Ruined cathedral, tombstones, and the Round Tower, from c. 800 A.D., Gleann Dá Loch, or Glendalough (‘Valley of Two Lakes’), Ireland. From this tower, early Christians were called to prayer. – Read more about Christianity on this website, see Religion: Christianity. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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When they pass away, most Hindus are cremated, preferably at a sacred river, where the ashes of the deceased can be distributed in the holy waters. In Kathmandu, Nepal, most cremations take place along the sacred Bagmati River, a tributary to the mighty Mother Ganga. Prior to the cremation, many rituals are performed, e.g. throwing rice and dyes on the deceased (upper photo). The body is then placed on a platform on the river bank, and covered in straw and wood, which is ignited (bottom). – Read more about Hinduism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Hinduism. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b 
Sculptures, depicting an elephant and a Daoist goddess, guarding a grave, Taichung, Taiwan. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tyrkiet 2006
Lycian cave graves, dating from the 4th century A.D., carved into a rockface, Fethiye, SW Turkey. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2011 
Grave, adorned with plastic flowers and the American national flag, ‘Stars and Stripes’, Cottage Grove Cemetery, Kern Valley, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018b
Daoist grave, Taichung, Taiwan, with food offerings and fake paper money, kept in place by a rock. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Egypten 1999
Over the years, homeless people began to settle in a graveyard near the Hakim Mosque, Old Cairo, Egypt, and an entire community has evolved – a town inside the town of the dead. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Europa 1972-2005 
Iron cross on a grave, Piirsalu, Estonia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984
Coffins with remains of Bontoc tribals, stacked in a limestone cave, Sagada, Luzon, Philippines. – This custom is no longer utilized. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2011
Taiwan 2011
Tombs of the Hakka minority, near Miaoli, Taiwan. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99 
Tombstones, New Lebanon, New York State, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 2005-08
Tombstone, depicting a sun and a pigeon, with green algae growing in the engravings. – Lyø Church, Funen, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013a 
Child’s grave with toys, Cottage Grove Cemetery, Kern Valley, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
Tombstone in a Muslim graveyard, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
Guatemala 1998
Guatemala 1998
During the Catholic Festival of the Dead, on November 1st and 2nd, hundreds of people in Guatemala gather in the cemeteries to decorate the graves of their relatives, and to burn candles or incense. In 1998, when the hurricane Mitch was creating havoc in Guatemala, people still went to this cemetery in Chichicastenango during the Festival of the Dead, despite heavy rainfall. – Read more about Guatemala on this website, see Countries and places: Guatemala – country of the Mayans. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013b 
Gravestones, Veterans’ Graveyard, Cabrillo Memorial, San Diego, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1985-86
Taj Mahal, Agra, India, in morning fog. – Taj Mahal (‘Crown of the Palace’) is a mausoleum, erected by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, called Mumtaz Mahal (‘Chosen One of the Palace’). She died in childbed in 1630 after giving birth to her fourteenth child. Construction of the mausoleum lasted 22 years, from 1632 to 1654. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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Daoist god of earth and agriculture, Tu-di-Gong, guarding a grave, Taichung, Taiwan. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99
Tombstones, one formed as a cross with a circle, Gleann Dá Loch, or Glendalough (‘Valley of Two Lakes’), Ireland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 1999-2005 
Bronze Age burial mound, a crater-shaped ‘røse’, constructed of stones, forming a cone with a depression in the centre, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Asien 1977-78
Nabatean graves, built into eroded mountains, Petra, Jordan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
On Tomb Sweeping Day, wild plants, growing on graves in Taiwan, are burned, the grave is cleaned, and the ancestors worshiped. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 2000-05 
Tombstone with a Maltese Cross, Mårup Church, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013a
Grave, adorned with a ‘butterfly’, Cottage Grove Cemetery, Kern Valley, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Egypten 1999 
Evening sun on a graveyard near the Giza Pyramids, Egypt. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 2006-11
Tombstone of Danish artist Henry Heerup, adorned with his own drawing, Assistens Kirkegård, Copenhagen, Denmark. The red leaves in the foreground are Japanese maple (Acer palmatum). (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998 
To conserve space, ashes of the deceased are placed in recesses in a wall, Antigua, Guatemala. – The text reads: ‘Old, my dear old Jose Guillermo España’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Chile 2011
Grave with offerings of coins, cemetery at Pueblo Pampa Union, a deserted mining town north of Carmen Alto, Chile. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984 
Entertaining the dead: Young man, playing a concertina on a grave, which is adorned with a large Bougainvillea spectabilis. – Bontoc, Luzon, Philippines. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 1998-99
Tombstone, overgrown by lichens, Pemaquid Harbor, Maine, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975 
Dayak tribal burial pole of a Punan chief, Sarawak, Borneo. – Read more about the Punan people on this website, see Travel episodes: Borneo 1975 – Canoe trip with Punan tribals. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
Daoist god, guarding a grave, Taichung, Taiwan. The text reads ‘Dragon God’, but the image probably depicts the god of earth and agriculture, Tu-di-Gong. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013 
A western wood pewee (Contopus sordidulus) takes off from a tombstone, Veterans’ Graveyard, Cabrillo Memorial, San Diego, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Norden 1992-98
Graveyard, Nuuk, Greenland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1985-86
Ornaments on the sarcophagus of Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. – Taj Mahal (‘Crown of the Palace’) is a mausoleum, erected by Shah Jahan to commemorate his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, called Mumtaz Mahal (‘Chosen One of the Palace’). She died in childbed in 1630 after giving birth to her fourteenth child. Construction of the mausoleum lasted 22 years, from 1632 to 1654. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013a
Tomb, decorated with various items, Cahuilla Cemetery, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Filippinerne 1984 
Coffin with the remains of a Bontoc tribal, Matangkib Cave, Sagada, Luzon, Philippines. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998
To conserve space, ashes of the deceased are placed in recesses in a wall, Antigua, Guatemala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Jylland 2006-12 
Tombstone of school principal Rasmus Bording and his wife Marie, Ry Church, Jutland, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
On Tomb Sweeping Day, wild plants, growing on graves in Taiwan, are burned, the grave is cleaned, and the ancestors worshipped. This grave has been abandoned, and the grave building smashed. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013a 
Graves, Cahuilla Cemetery, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-2
Tombstone of a deceased German, from Lübeck, 1700s. The text reads as follows: ‘Anno 1737, den 6. Februari ist Schiffer Peter Fenger, von Lübeck, alhier in Gott, den Herrn, entsclaffen, und in diesem Grab begraben. – Christus ist mein Leben, Sterben ist mein Gewin’. (‘Anno 1737, on February 6, Skipper Peter Fenger, from Lübeck, has passed away to the abode of the Lord, and has been buried in this grave. Christ is my life, to die is my gain’). – Christiansø, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Guatemala 1998 
New grave, adorned with grass, and a cross made from marigolds, Chichicastenango, Guatemala. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Decorated tombstone, St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Huntington, Long Island, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2018b
Daoist grave, Taichung, Taiwan, adorned with images of the Feng-Huang (often erroneously called ‘Chinese Phoenix’), the ruler of birds, which symbolizes virtue, duty, mercy, and grace. This creature adorns numerous Daoist temples in Taiwan. – Read more about Daoism elsewhere on this website, see Religion: Daoism in Taiwan. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 1977-96 
Bronze Age grave on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, in which large stones are placed to form the shape of a ship. – Read more about megalithic structures on this website, see Culture: Megaliths. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Californien 2013a
Graves, Cahuilla Cemetery, California, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 1969-2005
Sjælland 1969-2005
Two different seasons in a Jewish cemetery, Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark. In the summer picture, a magpie (Pica pica) is sitting on one of the tombstones. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydindien 2000-01 
Gravestone at the New Jerusalem Church, in the former Danish colony Trankebar (today called Tarangambadi), Tamil Nadu, S India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydlige Afrika 1996-97
Because of the rocky surface on Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, most graves are above ground, covered by small rocks. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975 
Royal graves of the Batak tribe, Tomok, Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sydøstasien 1975
Tiles on the outer wall, surrounding the mausoleum of Imam Reza, Mashad, Iran. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Taiwan 2014b
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Sculptures of lions, guarding graves, Taichung, Taiwan. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Tyrkiet 2006
Tyrkiet 2006
Graveyard in the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis, near Pamukkale, Turkey. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

United Kingdom 1992-2002 
Old, lichen-covered tombstones in morning light, Drymen, Loch Lomond, Scotland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

USA 2012a
Tombstones next to Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church, from 1827, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, United States. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Irland 1987-99 
Stone cross in a graveyard, Boston, W Ireland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Nordindien 1997
Mausoleum of Moghul Emperor Humayun, Delhi, India. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Sjælland 2006-11 
Grave, adorned with Christ on the cross, Holtug Church, Zealand, Denmark. – Read more about Christianity on this website, see Religion: Christianity. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Bornholm 2008-2
Old tombstone, overgrown by common orange lichens (Xanthoria parietina), Christiansø, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Zimbabwe-Kenya 1994 
Grave of Cecil John Rhodes atop a rocky outcrop, a kopje, in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) was named after Rhodes. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

(Uploaded October 2016)

 

(Revised continuously)