In Morne à L‘eau, on the eastern half of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, there is a cemetery like no other. 1,800 graves, the majority of which are decorated with black-and-white ceramic tiles, fascinate the living while celebrating the lives of the dearly departed.
No one is quite sure how the custom started; some say the black-and-white tiles represent the yin and yang of life and death, others counter that the white tiles are the color of mourning, as in parts of Africa. Like many Caribbean countries with slavery in their history, African culture is deeply rooted in Guadeloupe. One thing everyone can say for sure: it’s a very lively cemetery.
Photograph by Olivier Vancayzeele.Read More »from Checkered past: Flickr photo of the day