By Kenneth L. Untiedt
Demise presents us with a few of our absolute best folklore. a few worry it, a few include it, and such a lot have beautiful company rules approximately what occurs after we die. even if a few humans won't are looking to talk about loss of life, it occurs to all of us--and there is not any technique to get round it. This book of the Texas Folklore Society examines the lore of loss of life and no matter what occurs in a while. the 1st bankruptcy examines areas the place individuals are buried, both completely or quickly. bankruptcy positive aspects articles approximately how humans die and the rituals linked to funerals and burials. The 3rd bankruptcy explores a few of the stranger tales approximately what occurs after we are long past, and the final bankruptcy bargains a few philosophical musings approximately loss of life quite often, in addition to our connection to those that have long past sooner than.
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While to some of us being buried standing up would seem a tiring way to face eternity, Ramey A. Smith had a more relaxing idea when he asked to be buried at Shirley, in Hopkins County, beneath a tree and facing the road. It has since been said the local attorney wanted to be buried on his side so he could watch the cars go by. “I think that was added as a joke,” says Faye Gilley of Sulphur Springs. Her father’s first cousin, Smith was buried after his death on August 18, 1949, facing north because of his request to be beneath the tree, which has since died or been cut down, leaving him in a rather unusual position with all the other burials facing east.
Barnes Circus had arrived there after the bull elephant killed a woman spectator at a circus parade in Corsicana. He is said to have previously killed at least three other people, two of them circus workers. His head is in storage at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and one of his feet is a footstool at the old Helena Courthouse Museum in Karnes County. The bulk of the elephant was evidently left to the buzzards rather than being buried, which I believe would have been the biggest burial in Texas since he is said to have been second in size only to P.
He was returned to San Antonio and re-buried near his previous interment with honors from many segments of the community, from Masons to Catholics to politi- Life and Death in Old Bexar Ben Milam statue in present Milam Park cians. Ben may have traveled farther following his death than he did during his life. Soon after finding Ben Milam, another unknown burial was discovered in the park: a one-legged, pipe-smoking Protestant with an 1848 peso in his pocket! Not as well documented or reported as old Ben, he has already been forgotten .
Death Lore: Texas Rituals, Superstitions, and Legends of the Hereafter (Publications of the Texas Folklore Society) by Kenneth L. Untiedt