Gallery Malaysia ~ Georgetown's Tombstones

We visited the Christian graveyard in Georgetown shortly after a brief but violent shower had knocked fragrant Plumeria blossoms from the trees and left the sky grey. As if an old graveyard needs help setting a mood.

It was a beautiful but mournful place filled with moss covered tombs and inscriptions that brought home the harshness of life for the people who came to Malaysia in the 17th and 18th centuries. A harshness particularly felt by the many young children we found buried here. Standing before a persons grave is a powerful prompt to imagining what life might have been like for the person lying beneath your feet.

Following are some of the more evocative inscriptions we read, as well as a few scenes from the graveyard. Simply click forward to see the next of the 14 images.

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