A 7 day traditional Buddhist Assist The Deceased Ritual was completed this week in Cork for the souls of the victims of the Irish famine by the monks and nuns of the Hanmi Buddhist Association
Known locally as “The Pauper’s Graveyard” more than 30,000 souls are buried here.
In the months of February to June 1847 alone, 2,260 famine victims from the Workhouse on Douglas Road (now St Finbarr’s Hospital) were laid to rest in these grounds.
The late Jack Sorensen, a taxi driver in Cork, erected a cross to honour the famine dead back in 1958, which is still located on the graveyard site.
Photo: Hanmi Buddhist nun Susan Noughton from Co Clare at All Saint’s Famine Cemetery at Carr’s hill, Cork’s largest famine burial ground performing the closing ritual for the Irish Famine Victims Ritual during the annual Ghost Month services.
In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of deceased ancestors are honoured.
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