Ancient Khasi Burial Site - Small Burial Chambers (India)

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Ancient Khasi Burial Site - Small Burial Chambers (India)

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

I noticed a large number of those small square stone structures (about 20-30 cm side for the center hole).

From reading various old books about the Khasi people ancient funeral traditions, I believe that those square structures are 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 a larger Cinerarium (or large burial chamber), i.e. basically a communal tomb holding the remains of all the Tribe's elders.

For more photos and information about these, go to the Khasi Memorial Stones album (read the album description).

Date & GPS location
Photo taken on April 3, 2013
National Highway 40, Pongtung, Meghalaya 793109, India
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