Fire Mummies of Timbak Caves – Philippines
Mummies are disturbing. Until the coming of the Spanish, Filipino islanders practiced mummification. Unique to Filipino mummies is the dehydration process: the dying person would be provided a very salty drink to create dehydration. Once they died, tobacco smoke was piped into their mouth to dehydrate the interior and a fire was lit nearby to desiccate the outside.
The epidermal sheet of skin was then skinned off and herbs were rubbed on the body. After numerous months (years, sometimes) of mummification, the body would be entombed in a wooden coffin in a nearby cave. A Philippine National Culture Treasure, the Fire Mummies of Timbak Caves were robbed but recovered many years later. The government keeps areas of the mummies a mystery so you may just roam upon a graveyard while investigating caves in the Philippines.
Howard Street Cemetery – Salem
Anyone who has accepted a U.S. history course will be familiar with Salem, Massachusetts, Witch Trials which got a place in the 17th century. One man involved in practicing witchcraft, Giles Corey, was beaten to death (legal at the time) to evoke his integrity or guilt. (He declined to answer in either direction and, in doing so, stopped the authorities from taking his property so it could move on to his heirs.)
The local sheriff annihilated Corey over two days by gathering stones upon his chest. Every sheriff after then has expired of a heart attack in office or resigned office due to heart problems. Corey’s ghost is said to wander the Howard Street Cemetery before any major catastrophe hits Salem.
Cimitero di San Michele – Venice
Venice: astonishing canalled-city. Just outside Venice, there rest a place tourists infrequently visit the Cimitero di San Michele (Cemetery of Saint Michael). Obtaining the entire island of San Michele, the cemetery grew the primary burial area for Venetians after Napoleon banned burying bodies in Venice in 1807. Special funeral gondolas carried the bodies of the dead to the island for internment. Various ghosts have been reported on the graveyard island, though no one ghost has been independently recognized.
Sedlec Ossuary – Kutná Hora
The fourth and final ossuary on our list of the eerie cemeteries in the world is the Czech Republic’s Sedlec Ossuary. The largest church ossuary by far – including over 40,000 ancient bodies – the ground round the ossuary is holy ground as the abbot of the Sedlec Cistercian Monastery went to Jerusalem in 1278 and returned back holy soil which he sprayed on the proofs, making Catholics from all over Central Europe protest to be buried in the region.
After expansion and the invention of an ossuary could not accommodate the extensive amount of burials, woodcarver František Rint was appointed in 1870 to order the bones. He artfully prepared the skeletons, even forming a huge chandelier and a family crest from the bones. Though ghosts are said to possess the premises, they aren’t said to do many hauntings – rather, they’re jaunty ghosts.
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery – Chicago
Ghost hunters rejoice – there’s a cemetery in Chicago that is both disturbing and abandoned (making for good research). Bachelors Grove Cemetery has been the host of an abundance of paranormal experiences- anything from ghost cars to a mature farmer dangling onto the plow of his horse as it grows out of a pond.
Police officers have discovered proof of black magic rituals (which may have raised the hauntings and spiritual activities of the area). Bachelors Grove Cemetery is authoritatively closed but various holes in the chain-link fence provide graverobbers and interested visitors away into this scary graveyard.
San Juan Chamula Cemetery – Mexico
A combination of Mexican culture and local Tzotzil culture, the city of San Juan Chamula is a gem. Its burned-out old church, the Church of San Sebastian, leads over a huge cemetery still in use now. The extraordinary Church of San Juan is particularly notable for its absence of pews, pine-bough-covered floor, and sacrificed chickens.
The figures of the saints from the San Sebastian wastes were carried over but are not as extremely regarded, even having been moved around for many years as the citizens were outraged the saints didn’t defend their first home. The mix of Catholicism and local Mayan religions presents this city and graveyard eerie yet intriguing areas to visit.
Greyfriars Kirkyard – Edinburgh
The same cemetery from which J.K. Rowling acquired many of the names in her Harry Potter book series, Greyfriars Kirkyard is a haunted location in the center of Edinburgh, Scotland. Most famous for the story of Greyfriars Bobby – a dog who guarded his late master‘s grave for 13 years until passing away himself – the cemetery has a deeper and still very effective presence. One of the most well-documented paranormal phenomena in the world, the Mackenzie Poltergeist is accountable for most of the fear.
After a homeless man broke into the mausoleum of George MacKenzie (persecutor of a Presbyterian group opposite the king‘s wish for them to change religions), visitants to the cemetery and mausoleum particularly have announced being cut, bitten, or blacking out (170 cases from 1990 to 2006).
New Lucky Restaurant (Cemetery Café) – Ahmedabad
Most people enjoy a night out to dinner with friends or family. Besides those who live in Ahmedabad, India. (Well, ok, they enjoy it, too. But they have a very unfamiliar restaurant in their city.) Mounted on an old Muslim cemetery, the New Lucky Restaurant has been a hit since it started over the ancient city of the dead.
Selecting not to transfer the graves, the restaurant‘s owner encased around a dozen graves in iron grills everywhere in the restaurant. Waiters start the morning by cleaning the graves and attaching fresh flowers to them. This unfamiliar and somewhat creepy eatery may be the only place in the world you can eat with the dead.
Recoleta Cemetery – Buenos Aires
An endless space that appears to go on infinitely, the Cemetery de la Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is an outstanding representative of funerary art. Also, one of the top visitor attractions in the Argentinian capital, the graveyard hosts some of the country’s most popular including various past presidents and even Eva Perón.
Definitely embracing the “city for the dead” moniker, the Recoleta Cemetery has extensive tree-lined blocks with shorter streets branching out towards specific mausoleums. One of the most disturbing mausoleums is that of Liliana Crociati de Szaszak; found dead during her honeymoon, Liliana is buried in a grave made to mimic her bedroom. A figure of her is even at the door in full wedding dress attire.
Hanging Coffins of Sagada – Philippines
As such a different group of islands, the Philippines has many various funeral traditions. Going north to the Igorot tribe of Mountain Province takes us to the Hanging Coffins of Sagada. To block animals from eating the carcasses and to preventing headhunters from opposing tribes away, the Igorot people nailed their caskets into the sides of mountains.
To get the bodies to hang in the barely meter-long (3 feet) coffins, their bones would be broken and the bodies stuck in a fetal position. As the body was carried to the mountainside, family members and mourners would struggle to touch it as the liquids are supposed to pass on the skills and abilities of the departed. Today, most bodies of the tribe are not buried in the Hanging Coffins way, though some elders are holding to tradition.