Pimp my crypt

This is Laperose cemetery in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. And out of the blue, yellow and pink, the Familia Bermudez Scandella have decided to spruce up their mausoleum with an aesthetic that can only appeal to themselves as magnífico.

Masons have constructed a facade and outlined the columns with a colour called sexy pink. The inner vault compartments are painted with the colour ochre. The piazza is covered with an unusual symbol of a pink circle within a circle. But other than baroque frontispiece to the centre of the mausoleum, a planter’s pot rests to the your upper right.

This is a fine example of the kitschness of Trinidad and Tobago and the manner in which some families respect their dead.- thebookmann

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The following note is in regard to the state of this crypt and by a families’ dilemma

My name is Giselle Appert (formerly Mackie). My mother is Dina Bermudez. The Bermudez/Scandella crypt that you photographed belongs to my family. My grandfather (Rafael Bermudez), great grandfather (also Rafael Bermudez), great grandmother (Solita Scandella-Bermudez), and her two sisters are buried there. There is one available burial slot. My uncle stumbled across this photo recently when searching the family name on the internet . We were shocked to see the photograph and can’t imagine who would do this. The last burial (my grandfather) was made in 1986.

Eventhough he died in the United States, his dying wish was to be buried in the family tomb and his children had his body shipped to Trinidad. At the time, his daughter (my mother) and his son were still living in Trinidad. They oversaw the placement of his body in the crypt. All remaining descendents: namely my grandfather’s four children, and his surviving wife, Catalina Bermudez de Marcano (102 years old), presently live in the United States. The last time the crypt was visited (by my mother, in 1994) it was still white. We also believe (from looking at the picture) that the original marble columns have either been removed or painted over. My uncle (who last visited the crypt in the 1990’s, before migrating to the US) also recalls that a lot of bush had grown up around the tomb and he removed it at the time. However, there are no plants/bushes at all in your photograph. – 2008

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