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"The Fancy Urn"
12018-04-23T13:40:30-04:00CHASS Web Resources398fc684681798c72f46b5d25a298734565e6eb822“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.”plain2018-12-05T13:39:32-05:0026.33442, 127.80558The Gail Project1952-1953Dustin WrightCharles Eugene GailThe Gail Project; University of California, Santa CruzUsed with permissionDustin Wright6d413a48d8bd1bdac9b40c6c99f258b065f86dda
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.