Rome’s international community of the dead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27065278
Skeleton of Baboon - Papio spp.
The baboons are a genus of old-world monkeys (meaning that they’re larger primates from Asia and Africa with non-prehensile tails) that exist in matrilineal troops (the females stay with their mothers, the males join another troop).
They’re fascinating creatures. The color varies from red to blue to pink, but all baboons have a rough, hairless, nerveless pad of protruding tissue on their bum, called ischial callosities. The primary function of these pads is similar to our own bums - sitting! Baboons sit like humans more than any other primate.
In females, their ischial callosities swell when they’re in estrous and ready to mate. During breeding season, the female baboons will present their swollen rumps to males, as a signal that she wants to mate.
Young baboons nurse for about a year, and during this time, when major fights break out in troops (baboon groups), male baboons have been seen taking nursing or just-weaned youth hostage, in order to avoid being hurt, themselves.
Despite their generally-herbivorous diet, baboons are some of the more hostile primates, and their over-sized canines scare off many predators of animals their size. Humans are their primary predator (often for the bushmeat trade), but Nile crocodiles, lions, and hyenas will take down individuals who stray from the troop or wander too close to the water.
The Egyptian god Babi was the deification of the Hamadras baboon, and was an aggressive, bloodthirsty, entrail-consuming god of the pre-dynastic Egyptian underworld. If your soul was deemed unjust on the scales of Anubis, you would be consumed by Babi, and not permitted into the afterlife. This role was played by Ammit (hippo-lion-crocodile) in some parts of Egypt, and Thoth (often portrayed as the ibis) was sometimes portrayed as the Hamadras baboon, too.
Because baboons were considered very virile, sexual creatures, Babi was usually portrayed with an erection, and was also prayed to in order to ward off impotence after death. His erection was said to be the mast of the boat that sailed the worthy souls to paradise in the afterlife.
Brehms Tierleben: Allgemeine Kunde des Tierreichs. Dr. Otto zur Strassen, 1912.
Bird Paintings of CG Finch-Davies. Claude Gibney Finch-Davies, 1920 (by the Transvaal Museum, 1984)
[Thoth as Baboon. 1400 BCE. British Museum, London.]
David Tennant and Radio Times Covers
"Established in the late 1700s, this is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. It’s located above ground because New Orleans is situated below sea level. In earlier cemeteries, flooding had caused a problem for its inhabitants."
This is a composite of two pics taken last Sunday. I pass this cemetery, Locust Hill in Dover NJ often. I live about six blocks from here, and this road leads straight to the NJ Transit station in Dover where I board my train each morning (at 5:32 AM). I thought of your blog when edited this - its a “lomo effect” shot.
I visited an old cemetery in Jersey City, NJ. This is the oldest, but it was in pretty bad shape till a volunteer group took it over. They are doing good work, but the grounds are physically in need of serious regrading.
The Harsimus Cemetery (or Historic Jersey City Cemetery) is on a busy avenue (Newark Ave) and has no real parking. Its a cemetery from the old days. The city has larger drivable cemeteries at the edge of town on Rt 440.
this is why I started taking cemetery pictures. someone who does not live near a cemetery wants a photo of the memorial. i volunteered to take pics near my home. this request came, and i found it.
married 39 years when she died. the husband survived her. i will be married 39 years next year.. hope my wife and i have many more years.
This blog has grown by leaps and bounds since I first started it. Glad to know so many of you enjoy cemeteries as much as I do! Hopefully, with the warmer weather, I’ll be able to make it out to my local cemeteries in my down time. I’ve only got my camera phone for now, but it takes some decent photos. I’d also like to remind you that you all are more than welcome to submit your photos to be published here! A big thanks to tmcke for being a regular submitter to For The Living!