Friday, February 09, 2007

Chamorro Funerals

Chamorro funerals are excruciating affairs. Tomorrow afternoon the body of Adam Quitugua Emul will come back to Saipan and on Tuesday his loved ones will bury him in our Veteran's Cemetary.

The funerals here are very different from the funerals back on the East Coast. Some of my readers out there will find it interesting the way we bury our dead in the Marianas, so I might do a little write up later this week...

In the meantime, here is a little video of my father's funeral that I pieced together a while back. It is made up of pictures that were taken on the day of my father's funeral on December 10, 2005.

The Funeral of Justice Ramon G Villagomez:


Anonymous said...

That was a very touching tribute to your father. It reminded me of my grandfather's funeral. I'm a Chamorro, born and raised on Saipan, but currently living on the mainland. While I enjoy living in the states for now, I do miss home. Nothing compares to island living, huh? I read your blog regularly, and thoroughly enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your epxeriences. I especially loved the video of the ladies shooing away the flies at the wedding. Too funny. Keep up the good work with Beautify CNMI!

Bev said...

Thank you for sharing something so personal.