In the tiny village of Sapanta, tucked up in the northeast corner of Romania, is the “Merry Cememtery.” Begun in 1935 by Stan Patras, a local artist, the markers depict scenes from the deceased’s life, an often an ironic poem of how the person died. The colors used on the markers also have meaning: the blue, known as “Sapanta Blue” represents hope, freedom, and the sky. Green is for life; yellow, fertility; red, passion; and black, for death. The colorful cemetery is in contrast to the usual gray, solemn Eastern cemeteries and was, surprisingly, a rather interesting site to investigate.
Stan Patras died in 1977, and now his trusty apprentice continues the work. Mr. Patras’ marker is on the left; he is the person wearing the straw hat.
Sometimes the paintings gave us enough insight into the deceased’s life, but most of the time we had to resort to making up their life story.
These two markers, though, left us puzzled. Why was the man decapitated?
And, why was the barely dressed young woman wearing wings? However did she die?