Thursday, November 15, 2007

IDEAS IN CEMETRY









Throughout the history of humankind, structures related to death rituals have been given speacial attention - the Buddhist Stupas, the Pyramids and the Islamic Tombs. When we visited Mahabaleshwar last year we were surprised to see Parsi cemeteries near the golf course of the Mahabaleshwar Club.

Traditionally, Parsis do not bury the dead bodies of their deceased - they keep them in an open space for vultures to clean them off to the bone. However at Mahabaleshwar, which was once the summer capital of Bombay Presidency, the small community of Parsis intermingled with British culture. During this time, some Parsis started burying their dead through erecting beautiful memorials over those graves, a practice still being continued.