April 2, 2012
9 Open Jars @ Kwong Foo Cemetery (Kerto)
The Kwang Foo Cemetery of Kerto is a very unique cemetery. Managed by the Cantonese or KwongTung Associaiton of Sibu it is a cemetery for any one who wanted to bury their dead there. Graves including Ibans and Melanaus are found here along side Kutien and Teochew to name a few of the Chinese dialectic groups. It is also known as the earliest cemetery with one grave marked as early as 1880's.
So many of the graves are marked with Qing Dynasty Calendar years. Some are marked with the Nationalist Chinese Calendar years.
A very unusual feature is the presence of NINE open jars in front of several early graves.
We are still trying to research its significance and meaning.