TYPE: Photographs (loose)
DIMENSIONS: Most are large (8" x 10" or larger) and 2 are about 5" x 7".
COMPONENTS: 7 photos; newspaper clipping in Spanish; photographer hand-stamp on back of one photo; date on back of two photos
ITEM ID: 771

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Photos of Chinese Funeral Practices in Cuba

Year: 1949
Decade: 1940s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

A series of professional photos from the late 1940s or early 50s from a Cuban newspaper archive. They are taken at a Chinese cemetery in Havana. The Chinese in the photo are celebrating the lives of their ancestors where they in fact roast a pig on a spit (a tradition of Cuban “fiestas” they have adopted) in a festive atmosphere. Such cemetery scenes are not typically photographed. The Spanish newspaper clipping on the reverse of some of the photos that correspond to the published photo. The date (1949) appears on the back of two of the photos, as well as the hand-stamp on the back of one photo of the professional photographer who took that photo (and likely all or most of the others).