Presentation on theme: "A Bridge Between Two Worlds Leonie Kellaher The Cities Institute London Metropolitan University."— Presentation transcript:
A Bridge Between Two Worlds Leonie Kellaher The Cities Institute London Metropolitan University
Cemeteries as Ethnic Homelands Home is where your loved ones are - dead or alive Greek Cypriot woman visiting a grave at New Southgate Cemetery
Repatriation??? First generations identity may be rooted in the homeland; With the second generation this is less clear-cut; Third generation children are firmly rooted here and this, in turn, roots the first generation.
Or burial here??? When I go there (Ireland) everyone knows who I am, but now there are grandchildren - here - it would split he family to be buried back home. Who knows me well enough(in Bangladesh) to visit my grave for a while - if not for ever?
Replicating an original homeland cemetery This is now a small part of Cyprus. Look all around - on a bright, sunny day you could forget youre in a foreign place
Marking the grave
Safety in Ownership I bought the plot so that she can have something more secure…she wanted to visit her parents graves but… we hear horror stories of what they did to that little village cemetery.
Perpetuating community Weve come to see their grandfather - we come with the children - they must know their family is here as well as at home. It is important to remember our past. I am here to pray for myself and all who are buried here.
Death in Exile Cemeteries act as magnets drawing ethnic groups together - on special days and in memory - creating a sense of communal homeland.