The “Merry Cemetery” in Săpânţa, Romania

By Steven Emmet
This item appears on page 73 of the June 2013 issue.
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The “Merry Cemetery” in Săpânţa

During a June ’12 trip to Romania, my wife, Yuki, and I visited the “Merry Cemetery” in Săpânţa. There, the headstones are almost all wooden structures painted with “naïve” pictures of folks in various trades, with amusing comments about the deceased inscribed below each picture. One has to buy one’s burial site, which includes the construction of the headstone and epitaph, then about $50 a year is charged for its upkeep.

STEVEN EMMET
Solana Beach, CA

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The “Merry Cemetery” in Săpânţa

During a June ’12 trip to Romania, my wife, Yuki, and I visited the “Merry Cemetery” in Săpânţa. There, the headstones are almost all wooden structures painted with “naïve” pictures of folks in various trades, with amusing comments about the deceased inscribed below each picture. One has to buy one’s burial site, which includes the construction of the headstone and epitaph, then about $50 a year is charged for its upkeep.

STEVEN EMMET
Solana Beach, CA