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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Ultimate Divide

I have always been intrigued by the old practice of dividing cemeteries according to religious affiliation. Does this only occur in places other than Australia?
This shot is from Maclean Old Cemetery.

This is my contribution to Julie's Taphophile Tuesday meme.

14 comments:

  1. I think this practice is still in existence today, Mark, although I have not walked through any newly established cemeteries. I love the absolute swathe of green delimiting the 'boundary' at Maclean Cemetery. I remember when I was in Primary School with those hinged desks for two, rubbing my elbow down the middle of the desk and giving the kid next to me the evil eye!

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  2. Oops ... I must also remark upon how well kept/kempt this part of Maclean Cemetery is. Bouquets to the trustees, or to the local council.

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  3. That is a very well kept cemetery.

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  4. And here it is a real in-your-face division.
    Why only for Presbyterians and not all Protestants?

    Here in Israel each religious grouping has its own cemetery.

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    1. Dina, there are sections for Anglican, Methodist, Baptist etc. I am not sure why there were never Protestant sections.

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  5. I think Dina has a good question! There is differences between all denominations but the theological differences between the protestant ones are usually quite minor!

    Either way, I do actually like looking at old cemeteries. They have so much history and so many hidden stories.

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  6. In our local cemetery the denominational sections are nearly empty and the non-aligned section is nearly full.

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  7. My local 'new' cemetery has a separate area for Muslims but the Christian denominations are mixed throughout.

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  8. No, it happens here in the UK as well. Odd when you think about it, they're all headed in the same direction, either up or down.

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  9. I have not noticed it to be quite so blatantly obvious.

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  10. As you might guess, in California, it depends on the cemetery. Our Mt. View Cemetery is ecumenical. There are sections devoted to Jews, Chinese, and veterans, but no group or religious affiliation is confined to a specific section. Recently I learned there are areas favored by Chinese families because they possess valued qualities of feng shui, but even these areas are not exclusive to any one group. Yet the neighboring St. Mary's Cemetery is only for Catholics.

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  11. Sometimes there are "Catholic-only" or "Jewish-only" cemeteries here in N America. But I've never seen one that was divided like this! A funny concept. I guess God doesn't approve of mixing, even in the afterlife? ;)

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  12. Today I visited Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee (USA) and this was not divided according to religion. They did have sections where you would find a lot of Chinese, Greek or Italian people. But I think that has grown like that over the years and was never intended to be like that on purpose.

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  13. no, it also happens in the us, i just found out!
    check out my post... i was on a cemetery where they divided the christians and protestants...
    also, i found cemeteries just devoted to italians, here in boston, for example...

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