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Weird and wonderful cemeteries.

FNND had reason to think about life and death recently…  So started to look around at how people are buried and found a few of these inspirational and amazingly colourful sites … and it was a reminder that ‘life doesn’t cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh’. George Bernard Shaw In life, the people of Sapanta in Romania (town population of 1,500) occupy their days tilling fields and spinning wool for thick blankets or tending flocks of shaggy sheep and big cows.  On Sundays they drink their potent local liquor of fermented fruits called Tuica, go to church and gossip at the café in their garishly coloured folk costumes.  But when a citizen of Sapanta dies, Dumitru Pop, a farmer, woodcarver and poet, gathers his notebook, chisels and paintbrushes and prepares to carve a poetic and pictorial homage of the deceased onto an oak grave marker in what villagers now call the Merry Cemetery, beside the Church of the Assumption. They don’t view death as …