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Candle Ritual at Japanese Cemetery
Brazil

The Candle Ritual is the final act during the Shokon-sai ceremony in the Japanese Cemetery when voluntary people light houndreds of candles in every grave to honor their ansestors. The cemetery was built in 1918 in the Alvares Machado town, inland São Paulo State, Brazil by japanese immigrants that used to live in a colony nearby the site. The cemetery was closed by Brazilian Presidente Getulio Vargas in 1943 claiming racial discrimination because only japanese or its decendants could be buried there. Only one person of non japanese descendant was buried in the cemetery after he was murdered defending a japanese family during an assalt. Since 1920, every year the Shokonsai (Invitation to the souls to the mass service in english) is celebrates and it never rains during the Shokonsai day. Another curiosity is the fact that when the people start to light the candles, even the wind stops blowing. Today the cemetery is closed and it became an historical and heritage site.

Copyright: Rubens Cardia
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8000x4000
Taken: 08/07/2018
Uploaded: 09/07/2018
Updated: 16/07/2018
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Tags: candle; culture; historical; heritage; cemetery; night; religion; japanese; alvares machado; shokonsai
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