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by Heather F
Heywood, Victoria, Australia
August 23, 2007
From journal Maramures & Sighetu Marmatiei
June 23, 2004
The epitaph lies under the native medallion representing the dead in his daily activity (often his/her job, or something he/she liked to do, sometimes how he/she died). The epitaph is written in dialect and in poetical form. They give advice to the living (from a tax collector: "My dear fellow citizen, don't forget to pay your taxes"), sometimes funny ("He liked horses a lot but drinking at the cafe in the arms of someone else's wife even better"), sometimes consoling ("My dear parents, please don't cry for me") and sometimes angry, especially after an untimely death ("Damn taxicab from Sibiu, why did you have to run in front of my house and kill me?"). It's always moving, touching, charming and profoundly human and spiritual. And of course, colourful. The success of these crosses has extended, first in the village, which had to expand the cemetery, then abroad as Mr. Pop carves crosses for people all over world now.
The nearby Church of the Ascension is also worth a visit.
From journal Roadtrip to Romania