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many generations remembered in the river of history

many generations remembered in the river of history

This part of Ryusen-ji's cemetery includes the towering 5-tiered stupas for the feudal era's Lord Honda family; some members marked in huge stone, others in modest markers or not present at this site at all. For a history detective or archaeological anthropologist there is a lot to decode here: the memorial stones and choice of wording, the family or personal markers, the range and variation of styles and materials and the technology for stone cutting, transport, and carving changed, along with the the economics of stonework.

Mapping the relationships of those named could reveal some meaning, as could the tomb orientation (much of Buddhism uses the image of a golden land in "the west"). Plantings are very few and of specific botanical type - there, too, some meaning lies, no doubt. Not all plots are tended equally vigorously, which speaks to the connection of the living and dead today.
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Photo taken @ 越前市 on 3 November 2017 (© anthroview / Flickr)

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