The next day after the wedding, we spent the morning with Mariana, the bride’s grandmother. She lives next door to the catholic church. In the church basement is where they have people’s remains in a crypt . Mariana has several family members there. She visits them often. The basement was not dark, it was cheerful. There were other people there visiting their loved ones. There were two women sitting in plastic chairs in front of their relative. There were ladders there for people to climb to reach to the top if their loved one was up high. Mariana’s husband was up high.
She climbed the ladder, knocked on the face of the sign that told who was there. She put out the candle that was there and relit it. She moved around the other items on the small shelf. She came down and meditated a bit and went on to the other relatives in the place. She went through the same ritual mentioned before. We took some pictures. Her relatives were in caskets. After 15 years, they remove the remains and put them in a smaller box about 18″ x 18″ and move them to another area that holds that size box, or they put them in an urn and there is a place for that, too. The faceplate that goes in front of the remains is different for everyone. People decorate their shelf differently, too, as you can see in the pictures.