Saturday, November 02, 2013

El Panteon

A Panteon is the local graveyard and we placed two wreaths on family graves today. The local Panteon for Melaque, Jaluco and Ranchito is out highway 80 not quite to the new bypass highway. Hugo didn't want to go because it's crazy busy with people but Lorena and the 3 kids and I went. Surprisingly there were very few people but many of the graves had been cleaned up and adorned with flowers, candles and wreaths. Then again at least a third of the sites looked like they had not been visited in years. There were a few guys cleaning around the entrance but by the overall look of the place no one is paid to do general maintenance during the year. Kind of on the depressing side.

The last photo is Lorena's aunt's grave. Like many they are deep and the next person in the family to pass will be placed above. Some covered and some not. The degree of ornateness depends on the wealth of the family and they range from covered in dirt to almost the Lincoln memorial in DC.   Lorena made a large wreath for Hugo's mom on my patio last night and a smaller one for her aunt this morning.

We've been taking specimens into Cihuatlan the last three days and pass the Panteon there. Euriel has a lung infection and is being tested for TB before he can take some drugs to help his immune system. The lab in Cihuatlan is where we take them. Anyway, the Panteon in Cihuatlan is 3-4 times larger than our local one so the Transito Police are in the street slowing drivers and giving parking tickets. Literally 100's of people there. A Misa (mass) will be held tonight about 5PM.

Panteon entrance

Flowers and food sold in front

Above average graves

Looking toward Melaque

Hugo's mom's grave with wreath Lorena made

Lorena's aunt's grave

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