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Memorials in a Breton Cemetery

Memorial to a fisherman named Grall, in a Breton cemetery

Brittany, right up in France's north-west corner, has always seemed to me to have much more in common with Cornwall than the rest of France. They're both surrounded by ocean on three sides; both heavily dependent on their relationship with the sea, and they're both lands full of myths and mist, legends and megaliths.

The first photo is of a memorial to a fisherman named Grall. When I first saw it I thought it was probably a couple of centuries old, and was amazed to see that M. Grall died in 1981. The inscription doesn't say how he died but I think it's safe to assume he was lost in a storm at sea.


Grotesque memorial in a Breton cemetery

Religious observance is very strong in Brittany; Easter for example, is celebrated in many villages by parades through the streets to church, with women dressed in traditional clothes. You'll often see memorials like this one in rural Breton cemeteries, usually depicting scenes from the life of Christ, or from the Book of Revelations.

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