Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Graveyard next to the Afghan Border

I was travelling from Khorugh (Хоруғ) to Ishkoshim (Ишкошим) in Tajikistan along the border, which is the Panj River. Khorugh is the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in Tajikistan. It lies about 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) above sea level.

I had the good luck to see a graveyard next to the border, not very far away from Ishkoshim. As usual for Muslim countries, the body is buried shortly after death. The graves are very simple with less adornment than in other countries. Kirgizstan is quite different in this aspect. Most graves you see are brick or concrete walled. The head of the body lies northwards with the eyes turned to Mecca. On some of these graves one can see teapots. I have no idea, what this custom means.

An overview of the cemetery to the South-West - on the right side there is a little bit of the Panj River

One of the teapots on a grave 

Two graves from the South to the North

Another teapot, made in China


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