1. What did we discover about Hong Kong religion and history?
Recap - At the cemetery you had to work in pairs or small groups to find out about the History of Hong Kong from 1845 onward. Your job was to look around the cemetery in order to find graves that tell interesting stories or give clues to interesting aspects about the history of HK and religious beliefs relating to the afterlife. Did you find these?
There are graves of the deceased killed during war between China and Britain (Opium Wars)
Soldiers that have died in WW1 or WW2 (Japanese occupation)
Prevalent disease killing many - What does that tell us about Happy Valley (built on swamp land rife with malaria)?
The high percentage of graves belonging to people that have died below the age of 28
There is a grave of someone eaten by a tiger
Graves of people buried after dying in the great fire of Happy Valley Racecourse 1918 (600 people died)
China revolution – (Prominent Sun Yat Sen Supporters buried there)
Rich businessmen – (HK as a center of finance)
Cathy Pilot buried after air crash in 1949 (History of Cathy)
What were some of the big events causing large numbers of deaths in Hong Kong’s history?
What did the graves tell us about different burial rituals from different religions?