Week 25: Graveyard

The cemetery at Carmel Mission at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., is in memory of the Christian Indians and Spaniards who were interred there between 1771 and 1833. It is a tiny cemetery within the walls of the mission, and the old graves are marked with wooden crosses adorned with conch shells. The graves are topped with more shells. A quick Google search told me Indians put shells on their graves of their people to help keep the spirits down in the grave. It must work. I didn’t notice any spirits floating around the mission.
Carmel Mission Cemetery

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8 thoughts on “Week 25: Graveyard

  1. I googled this Mission and it looks lovely. By mistake I googled Santa Barbara Mission and it’s very small and it explained what they did with the hundreds of bodies so that they were able to bury them. Very interesting (but gory) but this is yet another good thing about 52 weeks. Seeing/learning things you might not have done.

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