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Cemetery exploration

Cemetery exploration

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Cemetery assignment for anthropology course
Cemetery assignment for anthropology course

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Jessica HillisRoederMagic, Witchcraft and Religion25 November 2007CemeteryFor the cemetery assignment, I went to the Paradise Cemetery in Paradise,California. I actually had to make two trips because the first time, it got too dark to finish,so I had to come back.The cemetery itself is 22 acres in total, with organized sections, each with theirown little nifty names; names like: Alta Vista, and Whispering Pines. There is a road thattravels around each section and lead from the front of the cemetery to a rear exit on theother side. Near the rear exit, there is a section for cremated graves, made into a wall.There is a wooden gazebo, two footbridges and a parking lot near the wall of graves aswell.Upon the first trip through the cemetery, the sun was setting, which created analmost eerie feeling. I hadn’t really been into a cemetery to just explore before; I alwayshad a reason to be there; paying respects, attending veteran’s day ceremonies and so on. Itwas cold, which made it even eerier. I went with two of my friends, and one of them wasconstantly walking on the grass over the graves of the dead, which annoyed me because itfelt insulting for him to do so. I had a strong desire to explore, now that I had theopportunity. I guess I felt that way because it was just what I was always taught. It’s sortof superstitious I suppose, but I just can’t bring myself to walk over an actual grave. Iwould always try to walk around it. Also, whenever I touched a headstone, I felt I neededto be gentle. When I cleared off needles and leaves to read the names, I was always gentleand cautious with the headstone, I guess because I didn’t want to damage it in any way.I know for a fact that the “oldest” grave I found was not the oldest grave, but wewere unable to find the oldest grave, because it was dark and we couldn’t rememberwhere it was. The grave we decided on was for a Clarence Deloss Lockerman. He wasborn on February 20
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, 1874 in Big Meadows, California and died on July 14, 1906 inAshland, Oregon. The last name was carved ornately into the headstone, which was a tallwhite granite obelisk. There were vines carved around the top of the headstone as well. Ithad its own special section in the cemetery with a short wall of stone surrounding it and itwas right next to the road. I think that the headstone represents someone importantenough to want to be remembered by the ornate headstone.The newest grave we found was for Frank Edward Lockwood who was born onMarch 17, 1921 and died on April 28, 2007. The headstone was a flat headstone near therear of the cemetery and it was rather simple looking. It stated “U.S. Navy” and “WWII”on it as well and was surrounded by other graves of WWII veterans which all lookedsimilar, which seemed to represent the uniformity yet elegance of the military and its

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