The Dead

The Dead

While in Havana, we visited the cemetery.  A boulevard ran through the acres of Carrera marble monuments.  They were magnificent and very elaborate,  perhaps more so than the famous cemetery in Buenos Aires where Eva Peron is buried.  The cemetery was built in 1871 and Columbus was buried here before his remains were later taken to Seville.  There were many obelisks and the symbolism was explained.  An obelisk covered with a carved shroud is the symbol of death.  A broken column with a carved wreath is the symbol of life interrupted.  The grounds were beautifully maintained.  Walking among the graves was quite peaceful.  Others were anxious to leave.  Our guide from Florida explained that she spent a good part of her childhood in this cemetery.  When she was four, her seven year old brother died.  (She did not say why.)  Every weekend they visited the cemetery and had a picnic.   She grew up visiting the cemetery and did not find it a sad place, an interesting observation.