Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mayor of Small Italian Town Orders Residents Not To Die

Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, ca. 1480-1505, Museo del Prado, Madrid

Updated: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012, 10:16 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

By NewsCore


The mayor of a small town in southern Italy has forbidden residents to die, because there is no cemetery for them to be buried in.

Giulio Cesare Fava, the mayor of Falciano del Massico, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Naples, southern Italy, issued the order earlier this month stating, "it is forbidden for residents ... to go beyond the boundaries of earthly life, to go into to the afterlife."

So far only two residents have disobeyed the edict, La Stampa daily reported, with two recorded deaths since March 5.

The unusual order follows a dispute with a neighboring town, which has owned the old cemetery since local boundaries were redrawn in 1964. The two communities disagree about a planned expansion of the site, so Fava pulled out of the project and decided to build a new cemetery for Falciano del Massico's living 4,000 residents.

But until he gains the right permits and builds the new final resting place, the townsfolk have been ordered to keep on living.

Read more: lastampa.it


Hieronymous Bosch, Creation (Exterior Shutters of The Garden of Earthly Delights), ca. 1480-90, Museo del Prado, Madrid


  1. Wonder what the penalty for disobedience is.

    Those shutters are incredible.

  2. They are Astonishing. The mayor sounds fabulous. Curtis