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Gallery: The Tree of the Dead
Description: This photograph is of an unusual burial ritual in the north of Romania.
Photo by Ken Warpole
Main Image: The Tree of the Dead
Image description: This photograph is of an unusual burial ritual in the
north of Romania, where the death of a young person - in this case a man in his early 20s who died in a motor-cycle accident - is marked by the planting of a large fir tree in the grave. This ritual was described by Florin Gherasim and Leaha Mihai at the 2011 international conference on 'Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe' in Alba Iulia, when and where the photograph was taken.