Glenn (curioushamster) wrote,
Glenn
curioushamster

[OralHistory] 1918 Flu Epidemic

The last few times I've gone to Goa, I've conducted a few oral history interviews with my parents and anyone else who will sit still long enough to answer my questions.

This time, in talking to my dad, I found out that my grandfather was hired as a grave digger in 1918/19. He was probably around 16/17 at that time, and my dad remembers stories about how they would have a funeral procession (Goa is very catholic) to bury someone who had died, come back to the village church and find another body ready for burial.

I'm glad H5N1 was not as brutal in its virulence.
Tags: goa, oral history, travel
Subscribe

  • Directions...

    When going somewhere you have never been to, the kind of directions you get are along the lines of "start at the bus stop, go straight, turn left at…

  • Vacation mode.

    One of my sisters is a dentist and handles some of the 'medical tourism' business. She can get really busy since the costs are so much more…

  • [TravelTales] The way things used to be...

    One day we (my mom, sister, nieces and me) went to my paternal grandparents for lunch. My grandparents died some time ago, and now my aunt, cousin…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments