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"The Fancy Urn"
12020-04-30T18:06:06-04:00Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f352“Up on the edge of the womb-shaped tomb is a fancy urn in which the bones are placed, 2, 4 or 5 years after interment. The young daughters clean the bones and put them in the urn, then place the Urn back on the altar shelf in the back of the tomb. This fairly distasteful job has made modern cremation more popular here.”plain2021-03-31T13:18:04-04:00The Gail Project1952-1953Dustin WrightCharles Eugene GailThe Gail Project; University of California, Santa CruzUsed with permissionKandra Polatis4decfc04157f6073c75cc53dcab9d25e87c02133
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12020-04-30T18:06:00-04:00Heritage10google_maps167932021-04-27T12:56:26-04:0026.29303, 127.7772426.21859, 127.71475GinowanNaha1952Dustin WrightGail, CharlesFutenma ShrineTamaudun Royal Mausoleum
The monuments and artifacts Gail photographed are the focus of this section (scroll to the bottom of this page to move to the "Festivals and Performances" section of Heritage). The photographs in the collection indicate that Gail visited some of the more prominent archeological and historic sites on the southern portion of the main island of Okinawa, which was also where many of the military bases were concentrated.
In the summer of 2015, Alan Christy took a group of student researchers to Okinawa, partly with the goal of identifying places where Gail took photos. After spotting the shisa from Gail's photo in a pamphlet entitled Cultural Assets of the Ryukyus, student researchers followed the lead when they actually arrived in Okinawa, where they happened upon the actual statues, now prominently displayed at the Tamaudun Royal Masoleum, adjacent to Shuri Castle.