Re: Respect for the Dead (was Re: What a great group)

Shannon Goins (
26 Nov 1995 18:40:02 GMT (Joel and Lynn GAzis-SAx) wrote:
> In article <48s0el$>,
> jlong@Primenet.Com (John Long) wrote (in alt.society.funerary):
> >Seems that it's ok for one culture to dig up another's graves. I was
> >checking some computers in a college anthropology lab, and saw these
> >boxes with skulls in them. Just plain old cardboard boxes. No respect.
> >The culture that the owners of those skulls belonged to, is constantly
> >reminding their "conquerers" to please, if you don't mind, we'd
> >appreciate it if you didn't bulldoze our ancestors' resting place for
> >that nice hotel or shopping center or whorehouse or whatever...
> Stanford University reached an accord with several of the indigenous peoples
> of California to return hundreds of bones which had been collected by their
> anthropologists over the years. I see this as the beginning of a hopeful
> trend and wish that other universities would follow Stanford's lead.
> The collection of bones is a remnant of an age when anthropologists measured
> skull capacities. But not all disadvantaged peoples end up in boxes. A large
> Chinese cemetery in San Francisco was turned into Lincoln Park and a golf
> course was laid out over it. A similar cemetery for paupers and medical
> school cadavers in nearby Colma, California, was likewise turned into a golf
> course.
> Regards,
> Joel GAzis-SAx
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Oh, yeah that's true about no respect for the dead and paving over all
kinds of cemeteries. Last year the German news agency Deutsche Press
Agentur reported that in some areas of Germany that plots are sometimes
sold for a period of 15 years in the hopes that after such a period of
time that the families of the deceased will not object to the removal
of the remains of the deceased to make the plot available to someone

Pretty sick. Personally, I never encountered that during the last 3
years I was in Germany, but it wouldn't surprise me. They are really
limited on space there. People will often resort to strange measures.

Shannon Goins