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Bukit Brown 9: Upkeep

Not all tombs of Bukit Brown are moss covered and derelict. Some of the remainders are in excellent condition, either because they perhaps belonged to some wealthy deceased or perhaps they have descendants who are aware of the locations of the graves of the ancestors and observed the Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping Day - a traditional Chinese annual activity). In the image seen above, I surmise that the original tombstone had been damaged (I saw some places were heavy, broken tree branches had crashed a few tombstones) and the current generation decided to have it replaced by a granite block. Even the tiles and stone lions look new, in contrast with the graves in the background. I would not be surprised if there are no surviving members of those buried behind. Or if there are, they probably cannot locate the graves of their ancestors.

Bukit Brown 9: Upkeep

Not all tombs of Bukit Brown are moss covered and derelict. Some of the remainders are in excellent condition, either because they perhaps belonged to some wealthy deceased or perhaps they have descendants who are aware of the locations of the graves of the ancestors and observed the Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping Day - a traditional Chinese annual activity). In the image seen above, I surmise that the original tombstone had been damaged (I saw some places were heavy, broken tree branches had crashed a few tombstones) and the current generation decided to have it replaced by a granite block. Even the tiles and stone lions look new, in contrast with the graves in the background. I would not be surprised if there are no surviving members of those buried behind. Or if there are, they probably cannot locate the graves of their ancestors.

comments (16)

I like the colorful panels on either side.
Ayush Basu: I think they are recent additions, Larry.
I think this one is particularly beautiful!
Ayush Basu: I agree, Elizabeth. I thought it was striking especially with the dark granite.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Jan 2018, 04:44
There are quite a few Chinese cemeteries in Thailand, Ayush, and I have been amazed by the activity at them during Qing Ming.
Ayush Basu: I have only heard of them but yet to visit this place during Qing Ming, Ray (even if to quietly observe).
Cette tombe est superbe.
Ayush Basu: I agree too, Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jan 2018, 06:30
It looks well cared for
Ayush Basu: Signs of recent visitation by the next of kin, Chris.
I think they are quite nicely designed.
Ayush Basu: I think they have been renovated in recent times, Mary.
This is very impressive although already creepers seem to be growing over it.
Ayush Basu: If I am not mistaken, the weeds are cleaned out once in a year, Brian, so they always manage to cover over the graves in the subsequent months, especially with abundant tropical rain and sunshine.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jan 2018, 17:26
This is a very ornate and colourful tomb.
Ayush Basu: I agree, CherryPie. I think it has been reworked in recent times.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Jan 2018, 05:59
This hilly cemetery is very attractive, and I note how the individual memorials take up a lot of room
Ayush Basu: The Chinese have/had some dictum for grave layouts, Lisl.
Clearly having the means to maintain the burial site tells its own story, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I suppose it would mean that the person resting here at this particular site had attained at least a certain amount of wealth and social standing and the present generation has the financial means to install the inlaid granite, among other things, Ginnie.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2018, 07:33
I like the thought of a Tomb Sweeping Day. I can understand why some graves are left in a poor state with no descendants to care for them. I'm guilty of not looking after my grandfather's grave.
Ayush Basu: I do wonder if it is a East Asian/SE Asian prevalence, Alan. The Catholics too have an annual similar tomb sweeping event.
Sadly here many graves are not well maintained as family members move away or die off. It is inevitable I suppose
Ayush Basu: I think it is understandable. But I was also told that sometimes over the decades, people simply lose that information, Bill.
Sadly here many graves are not well maintained as family members move away or die off. It is inevitable I suppose
Sadly here many graves are not well maintained as family members move away or die off. It is inevitable I suppose
Quel bel endroit pour reposer en paix , et c'est bien aussi qu'elle soit bien entrenue
Bonne journée
Ayush Basu: Yes, Claudine. Some filial devotion and some money to pay for the granite slabs and so on. And a good day to you too.
interesting... the graves of the remembered as opposed to the forgotten...
Ayush Basu: Right! But I also think that the present generation descendant of this one has not too many pressing concerns on budget, Elaine.

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