By Kenneth L. Untiedt
Dying offers us with a few of our best possible folklore. a few worry it, a few include it, and such a lot have lovely company rules approximately what occurs after we die. even supposing a few humans won't are looking to speak about death, 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 everyone is buried, both completely or quickly. bankruptcy gains 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 bargains a few philosophical musings approximately demise mostly, in addition to our connection to people who have long gone prior to.
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This, however, is the norm rather than the exception. According to Professor Terry Jordan in Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy, Hispanics in colonial times traditionally buried their dead in unmarked graves. When the use of markers was adopted in the nineteenth century, family members fashioned them almost exclusively from rapidly deteriorating wood as opposed to limestone or granite. The Past at Rest: Two Historic Austin Cemeteries Longer-lasting memorials came only with the advent of concrete in the latter 1800s.
So intense was it, I did not even take my camera from the car. I found the grave I sought: that of Charles Lindbergh. I stood there in awe, transfixed, for several minutes. Lindbergh selected the spot, I suspect, because it was the most beautiful spot he’d ever seen. His judgment was good. After all, he’d seen a lot of the world. At his feet is a bluff which commands a view of the blue Pacific where the ocean seems to extend forever. Lindbergh rests there, surrounded with reverence and sheer natural beauty.
While to some of us being buried standing up would seem a tiring way to face eternity, Ramey A. Smith had a more relaxing idea when he asked to be buried at Shirley, in Hopkins County, beneath a tree and facing the road. It has since been said the local attorney wanted to be buried on his side so he could watch the cars go by. “I think that was added as a joke,” says Faye Gilley of Sulphur Springs. Her father’s first cousin, Smith was buried after his death on August 18, 1949, facing north because of his request to be beneath the tree, which has since died or been cut down, leaving him in a rather unusual position with all the other burials facing east.
Death Lore: Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society) by Kenneth L. Untiedt