Koya-san
Part III: The Cemetery
 

Koya-san is famous for three things: its concentrated Buddhist community, the 110 active temples there, and its vast graveyard.

We saw this group of monks and young students on our way into the cemetery.



The cemetery is enormous. So many tombs, graves, and statues. A monument to death. Maintenance of tombs is the monks' primary source of income.
The types grave markers and memorials varied greatly. One tomb we saw was built by pesticide companies in Japan to alleviate their guilt for insect genocide. Pagodas like the one at the right lined many paths through the cemetery.

 

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