My tribute to the Isla Mujeres cemetery…
I decided to spend a little more time in Isla’s tiny cemetery on my last visit. I wanted to do this post showing respect for those who have passed, while illustrating the uniqueness, color and history of this special (and crowded) place. I try not to step on the graves when I walk through the cemetery, which is extremely difficult considering almost every square inch is “occupied”.
One thing I particularly noticed on this visit were the little angels that sat on some of the graves. Some of them were adorable, although there is a sadness about them.
In addition to candles, flowers and/or statues, it was interesting to note that most of them had either cups or soda bottles inside these areas. I posted a question on the Isla Chatter Board about what these meant, and I received this reply: “I asked a Mexican this question. It is for the dead person so they can have a drink. They leave it for them and it acually evaporates. They said the person who cleans the cemetery probably turns them over when they clean.” So there you go.
So, I turned around to leave, and just about jumped out of my skin because a woman had walked in without me hearing her and was standing right behind me. Geez, you just don’t do that to people in cemeteries! Haha!
So that’s my little walk through the Cementerio Municipal. The caretaker encourages visitors and doesn’t mind if you take pictures…just be respectful.