Posts Tagged ‘hill’

It is a site 12km north of the city of Šiauliai in Lithuania, it is a site of pilgrimage and the exact time at which the practise of leaving crosses began is unknown. The practise most likely came from around the two uprisings of the Polish and Lithuanian people against the Russian authorities. The Russian Empire took control in 1795, two uprisings from 1831 and 1863 left many perished rebels with their bodies unclaimed and never returned to their family. The crosses are symbols of the fallen and represent the endurance of the Lithuanian Catholocism.

During 1944 – 1990 people continued to travel up the hill, displaying an allegiance to their original identity. It was a venue of resistance and the occupied Soviet Union tried to remove crosses and even bulldozed it three times.

7th September 1993, Pope John Paul II visited, he declared it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice. As the hill remains under nobody’s jurisdiction people remain free to build crosses as they see fit.

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Kryžių kalnas (Góra Krzyży)” by Pudelek (Marcin Szala) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Silent Hill the game has always been a favourite of mine. I think more than the game I enjoy the concepts presented in the story. I don’t want to be a big spoiler person so I am going to just say that the ideas of personal nightmares and some of the creations fascinate me.

I was, I admit, then quite surprised to hear that there was a town who was closer to the reality of the smoke filled daylight that is presented quite damned well in the movie Silent Hill.

Centralia has a pretty tragic story in itself, a town that slowly dwindled, a few people remain I think. The once bustling mining town became too dangerous to sustain once the coal mines underneath caught accident.  The government have stated that it’s just too expensive to extinguish it and I have to wonder as wonderfully advanced as things might be, how the hell would you start? I’m not an expert so I guess I have no idea but wow… some kind of mission that would be.

I could really go on about this one for some time but I’ve decided instead to post a video of Silent Hill and then one for Centralia for viewing pleasure. I should expect I will venture back to this subject again.

 

 

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