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Why was it deemed important to segregate faiths in cemeteries?

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (20426points) 3 months ago
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You can’t put a Catholic next to a Jehovah’s Witness. Do these people care? After all, they are dead.

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SQUEEKY2's avatar

I don’t understand it. either.^^^^^

anniereborn's avatar

I don’t know if the dead people care, but sometimes their loved ones do. I couldn’t tell you exactly why. Or maybe it was just easier for the church communities to go visit their family and friends if they were all in the same place.

JLeslie's avatar

I can think of a few reasons.

It sort of makes sense to have Jews in one section. The cemetery might make sure there are rocks on the ground (often along the road) so Jewish families can leave a stone when they visit the grave.

I didn’t know cemeteries break up different Christian sects. Do Catholics have different traditions than Jehovah’s Witnesses that it might be easier for the century to group them together in terms of maintenance?

Maybe some people live in a very segregated way and it feels normal to them to visit a loved ones grave like they are still in their community. I don’t mean segregated in terms of bigotry, like they keep others out, but sometimes groups tend to cluster to be near their place of worship. Plus, then when you are at the cemetery you can easily visit more than one friend or relative because they are more likely to be nearby.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Never knew that. My Dad was a Baptist, my mom was an Irish Catholic. they are buried next to each other in the same cemetery, and would not have had it any other way. Now would we have had it any other way. Didn’t even the consider the religion thing, it was never a big whoopy do to them anyway. Other than a little Virgin Mary deal in front of their joint tombstone, which wouldn’t have bothered dad the least, no one would know what faith they were. And I’m damned if I’d give them a reason to come back and haunt me, I’m not into ghosties and ghoulies and long legged beasties, and things that go boomp in the night.

Dutchess_III's avatar

For people who actually “believe” it’s vital that one religion doesn’t mix with next. It’s psychological.

JLeslie's avatar

At Arlington National Cemetery all faiths or lack thereof are buried side by side.

@Dutchess_III Do they think it will actually be some sort of bad karma for the afterlife if the dead body is near someone of a different religion? Or, it would just be disconcerting to see other religious symbols nearby?

stanleybmanly's avatar

The dead are of course beyond caring. It is unfortunately the living with the silly idea that the ground is less “hallowed” if their loved ones are surrounded by people “less pure”.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I have no idea @JLeslie. I don’t subscribe to that nonsense.

Yellowdog's avatar

I’m finally back after a month of recovering from congestive heart failure, followed by a massive heart attack.

I have never heard of this practice except for specific faith communities like Jews, Catholics, and Freemasons, who frequently have privately-owned burial grounds specific to their place of worship. And I have worked in the Cemetery industry—there was a Masonic section but not a Catholic or Jewish one.

There are Catholic and Jewish cemeteries in my area but that’s about it.

JLeslie's avatar

@Yellowdog Oh my gosh. I had no idea you had a massive heart attack. Thank goodness you are still with us.

Yellowdog's avatar

I attribute the speed and dilligency of the EMT’s arriving within four minutes, keeping me alive, and getting me to a good hospital within eight minutes to my survival. I never even knew I had a problem until June 4th. I thought I was pretty healthy except for diabetes.

I always thought the aftermath of a heart attack would be painful and dangerous feeling—no, just rather dizzy and get out-of-breath easily. No pain or heart-associated malaise.

JLeslie's avatar

@Yellowdog Wow. I think generally of the big killers, heart disease and cancer, heart disease is scary, but typically not very painful. Cancer has much more suffering associated with it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh @Yellowdog! I am so glad you’re still here!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Yeah @Yellowdog while I may not agree with you on anything political I do like your opinions and views.

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