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Old December 10th, 2010, 12:35 AM   #1
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Road traditions

Tell me, is there in your countries such traditions. In that place on a road where the driver was killed, usually installed headstone or the Christian cross. In Russia, this phenomenon is quite popular since the mid 80's. What do you think about these traditions? Do you have pictures of this?




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Old December 10th, 2010, 12:38 AM   #2
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Generally in the UK, you get things like this sometimes after accidents, but I've never seen permanent stuff like that. Same in Portugal
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Old December 10th, 2010, 12:46 AM   #3
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I know the US State of Montana puts up crosses with the number of persons killed. It also used to be done along the Alaska Highway but was discontinued in the 60's I think, because the Govt. felt it gave the route a bad rap.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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In Russia relatives of the victims set the headstone as on a graveyard. Caring for the cenotaph as for a real graves.Some monuments have a height of a man.


Monument at the place of death in a car accident of famous hockey player Valeri Kharlamov.

Monument at the place of death in a car accident Gypsy singer Sandor.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 12:57 AM   #5
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You need to get a permit to install a small remembrance monument along any road in the Netherlands.

This is very Dutch. It won't be long before you need a permit to get a permit for permission to do something.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 01:05 AM   #6
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We do.. bu I can't find a single picture of it.

But we also have many chapels and crosses, I just love it..



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Some monuments on Russian roads (Moscow region) I've shooted during bicycle trip in September 2009 :












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Really strange tradion, but monuments are everywhere in Russia - from South to North (I don't know about Siberia and Far East)
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Old December 10th, 2010, 01:38 AM   #9
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In Brazil is very common the christian crosses.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 10:57 AM   #10
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You can also see crosses on Romanian roads.
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Russia is a very religious country, that combined with high number of accidents makes these memorials common.

I have visited Russia many times and death is very present, people die all the time in accidents, murders, violence and because of illness, so the people is used to see deceased people, but in Scandinavia these type of memorials would be regarded as macabre.

I also saw a road chapel in Belgium near the town of Sippenaeken. But I don't think this was because anyone was killed there.

In Sweden: atheist-country with few accidents no memorials along the road, but people sometimes put out flowers at the spot of leathal traffic-accidents.

I watched program from Georgia where they have put a vodkaglass at the memorial so you can have a drink to honor the victims.

Usually you don't show the faces of the dead on the graves in Sweden, but nowadays it's getting more common because of immigration from other countries where it is tradition.

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Old December 10th, 2010, 11:17 AM   #12
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I watched program from Georgia where they have put a vodkaglass at the memorial so you can have a drink to honor the victims.
I don't think that's true but I heard that people in Russia sometimes go to the cemetery with Vodka.
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I don't think that's true but I heard that people in Russia sometimes go to the cemetery with Vodka.
I saw this on the Travel Channel-program Globe Trekker in Georgia
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I also saw a road chapel in Belgium near the town of Sippenaeken. But I don't think this was because anyone was killed there.
Those chapels can be found near a lot of roads and you can light candles there. I think they're probably on pilgrimage routes or something.


The most crosses that I've ever seen were in Poland and Lithuania by the way. In Poland you can see a cross almost every 5km on any road.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 11:38 AM   #15
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I saw this on the Travel Channel-program Globe Trekker in Georgia
Yeah. I believe you but you just didn't get it

what I don't believe is -

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I don't think that's true but I heard that people in Russia sometimes go to the cemetery with Vodka.
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Those chapels can be found near a lot of roads and you can light candles there. I think they're probably on pilgrimage routes or something.
I think you can find that in almost any roman-catholic country.
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Yeah. I believe you but you just didn't get it

what I don't believe is -but I heard that people in Russia sometimes go to the cemetery with Vodka.
In Russia people bring their vodka everywhere: They drink at work, at feasts, after closing a deal, there is always a reason
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I would say that it used to be common in Serbia to see such stuff next to local or less important roads. Small improvised plates carved out in marble or stone, with placeholder for candle, or so.
There's one on the local road to the village of my father that dates from 1980ties, with photo of a guy. Just from the other side of the road, there's a second one for a guy who had accident there in 1990ties.

However, these things aren't ultra common or popular, but yes, you can see some, here and there, new ones appearing even today.
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check out this one from Croatia, built in 2009

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check out this one from Croatia, built in 2009
lol, nice nickname - cigan ('gypo') and even nicer beer
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