ancient khasi burial site - burial chamber (india)

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ancient khasi burial site - burial chamber (india)

Ancient Khasi memorial stones, in the East Khasi Hills, in Meghalaya (India)

From reading various old books about the Khasi people ancient funeral traditions, I believe that this is a communal cinerarium (or large burial chamber), where the ashes of the dead were placed.­

The site had also many small square structures that look like small burial chamber, i.­e.­ small boxes where the ashes of the dead were kept temporarily before a big ceremony (that did not take place too often) where they were moved into that larger Cinerarium holding the remains of all the Tribe's elders.­

archaeology
burial chamber
cemetery
cinerarium
east khasi hills
grave
kistvaen
meghalaya
memorial stones
ossuary
tomb
April 3, 2013
National Highway 40, Pongtung, Meghalaya 793109, India