New Orleans 2006 / New Orleans

Burial in NOLA is above ground in mausoleums. Since the city is below sea level, underground burial is out of the question.

This mausoleum long ago gave up its residents. As you can see there is room enough for two. How did they fit an entire family inside? Within a year the corpses have rotted and decomposed enough that the remains can be placed in a bag and pushed to the side while another occupant is placed inside. If the family is unfortunate enough to have several deaths within too short a time, the cemeteries have temporary holding mausoleums, sort of like a waiting room.

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