Saturday, 17 November 2012

Snapshot Saturday - Those who went before...


Today, I'm once again participating in Snapshot Saturday which is sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books! Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.

These are some of the pictures I took of gravestones at St. Thomas's main cemetery, in Charlotte Amalie.  The cemetery is quite overcrowded and some of the older graves are in disrepair but it was interesting seeing the old names and seeing what people had written about their loved ones.

"Nene" is an affectionate term for a grandmother.



This was the tomb of a 14 year-old boy who'd died of a fever.  Vandals have broken off his hand.


This is from one of the older tombs - other parts have been broken off but her face was probably too stern for vandals to mess with.

9 comments:

  1. What wonderful images! My eldest son spent some time photographing cemeteries in Ireland...I have some of those shots on my walls.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

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  2. Cemeteries can be fascinating places. You've captured some interesting graves. So sad that vandals disturb them.

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  3. Wow, that lady carved in stone has some very angry eyebrows and an intense gaze! I like looking at the inscriptions on gravestones - they are sweet and sad all at the same time. Too bad about the vandalizing there.

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    1. She does, doesn't she? I have the feeling one wouldn't have wanted to get on her wrong side.

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  4. Out of curiosity, where does the word 'nene' come from? It sounds a bit like the Welsh for grandmother which is spelled nain and pronounced nine... And the lady carved in stone looks pretty scary. You wouldn't mess with her. My Snapshot is at http://goo.gl/qkrST

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    1. I looked it up in my trusty Dictionary of Caribbean English Usage and and found that it's thought to have derived from the Efik-Ibibio word nne for mother, grandmother or old woman. That's interesting about the Welsh word though!

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  5. So many fascinating stories in cemeteries! And wow, that is a stern-looking woman. :)

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  6. Isn't it interesting, what vandals can do to the special places.

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  7. thanks for sharing - there are so many stories in there.. it is sad that vandals do this (have seen it too many times)

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