Spirit Houses Shelter the Dead

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"Spirit Houses Shelter the Dead" Eklutna, Alaska<br />
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The Dena'ina Athabascan Indian settlement of Eklutna Village, a short distance northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, has been inhabited for centuries. The Dena'ina cremated their dead and then placed their ashes in baskets to free the spirits for their final journey. After Russian Orthodox missionaries arrived in the early 1700's, Dena'ina began to convert to Russian Orthodoxy and began to bury their dead. However, brightly painted "spirit houses" were placed over graves to shelter spirits until they made their final journey. This photo shows spirit houses in the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church graveyard in Eklutna Village, Alaska.
"Spirit Houses Shelter the Dead" Eklutna, Alaska

The Dena'ina Athabascan Indian settlement of Eklutna Village, a short distance northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, has been inhabited for centuries. The Dena'ina cremated their dead and then placed their ashes in baskets to free the spirits for their final journey. After Russian Orthodox missionaries arrived in the early 1700's, Dena'ina began to convert to Russian Orthodoxy and began to bury their dead. However, brightly...
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