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Cemetery Skyscapers: Of The World: Living With The High-Rise Dead

by | 18th, October 2014

WHAT do you do with the dead?

If you don’t burn them, you can stack them underground. And if that’s full, you can build towers of coffins. You invite the dead to be among the living.

 

Filipino boys living on top of multi-layered tombs come down a ladder at a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Thursday Oct. 31, 2013.

A cemetery worker breaks the wall of a graveyard in order to exhume a corpse at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, Tuesday, April 24, 2007. Forensic anthropologists from Guatemala are studying some 2500 corpses to create a database adjusted to the physical characteristics of the Guatemalan population. The bodies used for the study belonged to individuals whose relatives have not paid the cemetery fees for at least the last ten years. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

 

 

A man crosses a foot bridge to spruce up the tomb of the departed loved one as children living on top of dilapidated tombs while away their time at a public cemetery at Navotas north of Manila Tuesday Oct. 31, 2006. Children living inside a public cemetery compound play on top of "apartment type" cemeteries at Navotas north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006. An exhumed corpse lays at the main cemetery in Guatemala City, Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Forensic anthropologists from Guatemala are studying some 2500 corpses to create a database adjusted to the physical characteristics of the Guatemalan population. The bodies used for the study belonged to individuals whose relatives have not paid the cemetery fees for at least the last ten years. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

 

 

Two teenage girls, residents of the 25th Commune, a cemetery-turned-garbage dump in Kinshasa, Congo, walk through piles of trash Friday Aug. 4, 2006. It is home for street children and homeless people living in carcasses of rusting cars. Aid workers say that many street children earn a living through prostitution. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) This Oct. 10, 2014, photo shows a general view of cemeteries located in the City of the Dead, a slum where half a million people live among tombs, in Cairo. The reality of relying on finite land resources to cope with the endless stream of the dying has brought about creative solutions. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) In this Oct. 15, 2014 aerial photo, cars drive past cemeteries in New Orleans. Due to the high water table of New Orleans, which is just below sea level, water fills a grave as soon as it is dug. Historically, most graves in New Orleans are above ground if they are not concrete reinforced, lest the bodies are pushed to the surface by the water. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) mall cubby hole memorials, loaded with keepsakes and photos honoring dead pets, are seen at the Merciful Pets Paradise on the traditional Chinese festival of Tomb Sweeping Day, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in Taipei county, Taiwan. When many Taiwanese crowded countryside cemeteries to honor their ancestors and clean their grave site, many others marked the traditional tomb-sweeping festival Wednesday by paying visits to their dead pets. At Merciful Pets Paradise in suburban Sanhsia, Taipei County, people burned incense and stacks of paper money for their dead dogs, cats, parrots and other animals before their urns housed in small cubby holes. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) mall cubby hole memorials, loaded with keepsakes and photos honoring dead pets, are seen at the Merciful Pets Paradise on the traditional Chinese festival of Tomb Sweeping Day, Wednesday, April 5, 2006, in Taipei county, Taiwan. When many Taiwanese crowded countryside cemeteries to honor their ancestors and clean their grave site, many others marked the traditional tomb-sweeping festival Wednesday by paying visits to their dead pets. At Merciful Pets Paradise

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