Astrotreasures in Romania (1)

Jun 05
By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (design Florin Alexandru Stancu)

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This new series of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) begins with a picture from the Merry Cemetery, which was founded in the 1930s by Stan Ioan Patras (a Greek-Catholic believer) in Sapanta, Maramures province. 

The Maramures-Oas zone is nicknamed “the land of the free Dacians”, its antique inhabitants considering death as a reason of joy just because it ensured the appointment with the supreme god Zamolxis.

Obviously, the Merry Cemetery overtook this old tradition, being characterized by living colors and humorous texts, verses and images, which adorn its crosses.

On one of the crosses of this original cemetery (which is included in the UNESCO Heritage) I found the artistic reproduction of the three visible phases of the Moon.

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