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Friday, October 31, 2014

A luxury - till death


Its the week before All souls day,  known in most countries as Haloween, well, is it ok to
write about  what scares us? ghost? elementals? demons? personally, I dont quite believe
in ghost, what you CANNOT see wont scare you. neither do I dig the supernatural creatures
of the night like the segmenters(manananggal) and the aswang.


Im not scared of horror movies either, I've watched particularly every horror genre to
date. what we dont know and understand, will definitely  scare us. in the spanish
period, the friars used beings like the "manananggal", "aswang" the "kapre" to scare
town folks so that   they dont wonder around at night. later, these scare tactics are
used by parents to stop  their naughty children from hanging out at night, thus the
old people saying  "may mumu dyan!!"

what scares people  then? is it the dark? or being alone during the time of death?
each person has their own phobia.




how about you?  the one reading this? what are you scared the most? well let me
give it a shot. I want to share what I've read and learned when I joined various
history and heritage lovers groups.

NOTE:These photos are not mine, they are searched via google. these are posted here for illustration purposes.


picture of a the dead 1880 and 1885 source:wikipedia
have you seen this in horror movies?



This is called  "Post Mortem Photography" or  memorial portraiture 
its a practice of photographing the recently deceased.

1930

1940

1950

These photographs of deceased love ones were a normal part of Philippines and
European culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. in the early days,
those who were unable to afford the commission of a painted portrait could afford to
sit for a photography session.

1920s photo

during the 19th century death occurred in the home and was quite an ordinary part of
life since it flourished in photography's early decades, its so popular among middle class
clients who preferred to capture an image of their deceased loved one rather than have
no photograph at all.
Emilio Jacinto, Recuerdos de Patay


Later photographic examples show the subject in a coffin, or show the deceased
in a coffin with a large group of funeral attendees.

Children were often shown in repose on a couch or in a crib with their toys,  doll.


early Recuerdos de Patay 
the portrayal of such images has become increasingly seen as vulgar, sensationalistic and taboo.


its not uncommon to photograph very young children with a family member, most
frequently the mother. Flowers were also a common prop in post-mortem
photography of all types.


The earliest post-mortem photographs are usually close-ups of the face or shots
of the full body and rarely include the coffin. The subject is usually depicted so as to
seem in a deep sleep, or else arranged to appear more lifelike.

again , These photos are not mine, they are searched via google. these are posted here for illustration purposes.
picture credits from Sementeryo 

Ok, ok.. I have enough, now we talk about Hearse. these are luxury vehicles of the
dead in olden days, when death comes to a filipino family, the dead is carried from the
 house after the wake, to the cemetery.


later on luxury horse drawn carriage like the ones above carry the dead, at an expense.
of course a luxury even in the olden days.in the course of a few more years the hearse
has evolved. from horse-drawn, to electric motorised carts that were introduced,

as horses began to be phased out as transportation. petrol-driven hearses began to be
produced from 1909 in States. in the 1920s. motorized hearses began public acceptance.


 Two styles of hearse bodywork are common. The
older style is the limousine style; these have narrow
pillars and lots of glass.
from the elegant horse-drawn funeral carriages of the
19th century to the actual hearses used in the state
funeral services, they have evolved.

Now, majority of hearses have been based on larger, more powerful car chassis, generally
retaining the front end up to and possibly including the front doors with custom bodywork
to the rear to contain the coffin. like the ones from Cadillac.

Cemeteries became common luxuries for Filiponos back then, either you choose
burry the dead in luxury maosoleum, with a rental fee of more than a Million Pesos
for 25 yrs. or a lot at a premium  memorial lot. and hire a good
Art Deco architect for that luxury gothic funerary architecture. whichever they choose
I made 2 blogs for you to have an idea.
take a look at  Chinese Cemetery, and La Loma Cemetery.

As Filipinos realized the importance of land and how limited it is in the country, they
started to adapt an old way of internment practiced by those who lived during the
early Stone Age – cremation. now it has become a trend that the younger generation
prefer. Traditional columbariums in Manila are usually located inside churches, temples
or cemeteries. one good examples are those in Buddhist Seng Guan Temple in Manila,
Hwa Chong Temple in Malabon, Thousand Buddha Temple in Sto Domingo.




A middle class family can choose to cremate their dead loved ones in either traditional or
modern columbaries.
Modern columbariums are designed not to  be creepy,  blend with other contemporary
buildings that are present in the city. it is made to offer more advance facilities compared to
traditional temples. fully air-conditioned. equipped with elevators going down 5-6 stories
below for parking, also elevators and escalators going up, One such  Columbarium is
Sanctuarium in Araneta Ave.
Without the signage that will label the structure as a columbarium, one may not be able to
guess that the place actually houses urns of the dead based on its exterior.

It is apparent that modernity has taken over the present and generation and will most likely take over the generations to come.
Dont be afraid of Ghost, but be afraid of what You dont know.


As I sign out, this has been your LOVERBOY Dennis
saying Happy Haloween.

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