By Kenneth L. Untiedt
Dying offers us with a few of our absolute best folklore. a few worry it, a few embody it, and so much have beautiful company principles approximately what occurs after we die. even though a few humans would possibly not are looking to speak about demise, it occurs to all of us--and there is no method to get round it. This booklet of the Texas Folklore Society examines the lore of dying and no matter what occurs later on. the 1st bankruptcy examines locations the place individuals are buried, both completely or quickly. bankruptcy beneficial properties articles approximately how humans die and the rituals linked to funerals and burials. The 3rd bankruptcy explores the various stranger tales approximately what occurs after we are long gone, and the final bankruptcy deals a few philosophical musings approximately loss of life normally, in addition to our connection to those that have long gone ahead of.
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Extra resources for Death Lore: Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society)
Depending on its size, this could be the biggest burial in Texas. There are many unusual animal burials throughout the state, but that is an entirely different subject. One unusual grave that took me some time to research after I learned about it from Robert Almand, who does tombstone rubbings and had seen it somewhere in LaSalle County, was that of Sam Tyre’s arm, thusly noted on the stone, “The Arm of Sam B. ” It was the first I had heard of a single body part being buried, though I have since heard of others.
I recall visiting one very special gravesite which is not within Bexar. It is located on a high bluff looking east over the blue Pacific Ocean. Within a native Hawaiian community lies a little country cemetery not far from the village of Hana, Maui. The graveyard is situated behind a very small and crudely built board and batten church building, but it is immaculate. Maybe because it’s a “native Hawaiian” cemetery, the sense of reverence is powerful. So intense was it, I did not even take my camera from the car.
When I last visited the oldest of the three, I Life and Death in Old Bexar Clara Driscoll’s crypt saw no evidence of a high level of care lavished on those grounds, unfortunately. However, there are still many people in that community who take part in regular activities and celebrations there. The initial “East Side” cemetery area now includes thirty-one distinct cemeteries on the 103 acres, and reflects a wide range of efforts expended in upkeep, mostly poor, but certainly showing significant recent improvement.
Death Lore: Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society) by Kenneth L. Untiedt