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In Peru, Virus Erodes Centuries-Old Burial Traditions-The Associated Press

Burial was a tradition for both Peru’s indigenous Inca culture and the Spanish who colonized the country. And millions of Peruvians would visit their loved ones’ graves at least once a year, many more frequently, to eat and drink and pay tribute to the deceased on the Day of the Dead every November. With the arrival of the pandemic, that tradition has taken a blow. To prevent infection and save space in the capital’s overstretched cemeteries, people have begun to cremate the dead, fundamentally changing the rites and traditions that surround death in the country. The Associated Press, 09/02/2020

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