“Visit to the Lima Cemetery, Peru” by K.J.S.Chatrath

After a longish trip in the Peruvian Andes, going up to over 15,000 ft and then visiting Machhu Pichu, our Group was back in Lima, Peru and the trip officially ended. I was understandably tired but could not supress my desire to visit the oldest cemetery in town.

p1250596-580-75After a longish trip in the Peruvian Andes, going up to over 15,000 ft and then visiting Machhu Pichu, our Group was back in Lima, Peru and the trip officially ended. I was understandably tired but could not supress my desire to visit the oldest cemetery in town. I shared this with out Tour Manager cum Guide, Nila  (Nila J. Soto Santiago, Tour Manager & Official Tour Guide, Engishs-Italian-Portugues; http://www.perulimaguides.com
cel. ++511999650951) and she not only told me about the location of the cemetery but went along with me in a noisy Three Wheeler,  even though her assignment as the Group Leader had ended by then.  Thank you for your kindness, Nila.

Here are a few photographs to give you an idea of what the Lima cemetery looks like.

p1250600-b3-400-25 The entrance gate to the cemetery

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p1250586-b3-400-50Quite interestingly I saw a somewhat similar statue in the church where Begum Sumroo lies buried in Merrut, near Delhi (Photo below) in April this year.

sardhana-761-400-b3-25Some of the differences in the two statues are: face is not covered in Lima statue while it is covered in Sardhana statue; Lima statue shows the right foot forward while the Sardhana one shows the left foot in front; the feet have slippers in the Sardhana statue and quite importantly, the lady in the Sardhana statue has a snake curled around her right arm.

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p1250577-b3-400-50 p1250599-400-d3-66And you will find me in the photos of every cemetery…   …

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Photographs, text and copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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These photographs are also available without watermark and in high resolution. Please contact chatrath@gmail.com.

 

2 thoughts on ““Visit to the Lima Cemetery, Peru” by K.J.S.Chatrath

  1. The similarity of the statues in Lima and Begum Sumroo’s tomb makes one think that these statues were in a set of templates of tombstones and statues. What is definitely interesting is the imposition of a completely alien culture on a civilisation after decimating it. Peru is a brutal example of colonial imposition in which religion was a crucial crutch.
    Structurally, the Europeans also brought in rectangles and squares to contructions whereas the Incas made do oddly shaped yet beautifully arranged stones for their buildings. Of course, in the absence of iron tools it would have been difficult for them to get their geometric shapes with right angles correctly made. This did not deter them from mastering measurements of angles and time exemplified by their grasp over trigonometry and astronomy.
    Thank you, Sir for the post.
    Regards
    Madhukar

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