My condolences on the loss of your Aunt. The moon phases and burial habits
is very interesting and informative. Thank you, Mary
From: "Charles A. Wyly" <wyly1(a)juno.com>
Subject: [ERATH] Moon phases and replacement of dirt in graves and ditches
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2005 15:03:58 -0500
Type the above into A Google Window and you see interesting articles. If
you have a habit of reading headstones this might help you.
While siting in Stepenville Funural home for Captain (Aunt) Mary Ella
Wyly's funeral this week, i was reminded about when Franklin Conger died-
he was a high school friend, and was in my Squad in Tarleton ROTC squad.
While sitting there in appx. 1948 Ewell Jones told us some of the
legends of Burials . One year, in ICT class at Midway, a Student plumber
trainee einforced one thing Ewell had told me.
If a grave or plumbing ditch is dug in certain phases of the moon, there
will not be enough dirt to fill the hole- or the grave will sink. At
other times, thjere will be dirt left over to level other graves.I also
heard this as a teenager when helping dig graves for neighbors. This was
another way of showing respect and keeping Burial costs down.
in old cemeteries the Christian graves are turned East and West. so that
on Resurection day, symbolically, they would rise and face east.
Some Indian tribes also faced them east, whether on pole or grave
burial. These traditions are vanishing with the Commercial Cemetery
If you find a cemetery with all graves turned north- South they were
either Atheist, or some Jewish or a Christian Czech Family near Waco let
it symbolize their badge of honor for being crossways with one Czech
Government or State Church. In Waco, the Jewish Cemetery near Baylor has
graves turned facing curved streets, regardless of direction.
One report says that in China some are buried in a drilled hole
standing up to save land for farming.
Whenid the custom of turning headstonesaway from the grave instead of
Also, in some cases, you may find headstones with engraving facing the
Grave and in others facing away from the grave, which is confusing if
some Riding mower operator throwa the rock placed for a footstone to
the fence so he can mow easier. Many Rock marked graves I remember are no
longer visible or marked.
Any other such input from your experiences?
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