10 July 2014

Maramures .. part two


Wikipedia: "The Merry Cemetery (Romanian: Cimitirul Vesel pronounced [t͡ʃimiˈtirul ˈvesel]) is a cemetery in the village of Săpânța, Maramureş county, Romania. It is famous for its colourful tombstones with naïve paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons that 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."

"Under this heavy cross
Lays my poor mother in-law
Three more days she would have lived
I would lay, and she would read (this cross).
You, who here are passing by
Not to wake her up please try
Cause' if she comes back home
She'll criticise me more.
But I'll behave so well
That she'll not return from hell.
Stay here, my dear mother in-law!"


  1. Tradiție și timp oprit. :)

    1. Din pacate timpul nu prea s-a oprit, alergi destul de mult sa mai vezi ceva traditional ... s-a pierdut mult din traditie, din arhitectura, din obiceiuri. Am fost un pic dezamagita. Peisajele sunt minunate, dar cam totul este modernizat. Pacat!

    2. Maramureș - lumină blândă și culoare naturală. ;)

    3. PS - anul trecut a căzut turla bisericii, iar acum este șantier acolo...

    4. da, asa e, era santier cand am fost anul trecut acolo, de asta nici nu am fotografiat biserica. :-)