Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Cemetery Sapinta...

The Merry Cemetery (RomanianCimitirul Vesel pronounced [t͡ʃimiˈtirul ˈvesel]) is a cemetery in the village of SăpânțaMaramureş county, Romania. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.
The unusual feature of this cemetery is that it diverges from the prevalent belief, culturally shared within European societies – a belief that views death as something indelibly solemn. Connections with the local Dacian culture have been made, a culture whose philosophical tenets presumably vouched for the immortality of the soul and the belief that death was a moment filled with joy and anticipation for a better life (see also Zalmoxianism).