Why do cemeteries have fences?
Cemeteries are places or spaces wherein the dead are buried or laid to rest. Â Cemeteries of the past and present are basically similar in the sense that most of these spaces have fences surrounding them. Â This similarity has also led some people to ask why this is so.
One basis reason for the fencing around cemeteries is to literally define the area as a place for the dead. Â With so many beliefs and superstitions surrounding the dead, people in the past literally erected fences to define a specific area for burial site purposes. Â Some people in the past believed that the dead deserved to have a place of their own and marking cemeteries with fences is an appropriate thing to do. Â There are also people who associate burial sites with lots of negative beliefs and superstitions and so fencing became a necessary step to clearly define spaces that are intended for the dead and those for the living.
Fencing is also done in cemeteries to give protection to the area itself. Â In the past, grave sites are considered sacred spaces and so fencing was done in order to protect the site from possible intruders and vandalism for example. Â Fencing also served as protection for the gravestones and other items inside cemeteries. This is especially true for huge public and private cemeteries. Â Fences around graveyards and cemeteries were also practical in the past as it also meant protection from wild animals. Â Many cemeteries are located in open spaces near the woods for example and the only way to protect visitors is to have fences at the perimeter of the graveyards. Â People wouldn’t feel safe visiting their dead loved ones in a cemetery located near grasslands for example because some wild animals like bears and wolves might be present in the area. Â To guard against possible animal attacks, operators and owners of cemeteries were forced to protect the area with perimeter fencing.
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