I was at the cemetary today and was wandering around some of the new gravesites and headstones and ran across this odd one and have no idea what it means:
Roberta J Lukanen
July 19, 1945 -
Looks like she hasn’t passed away yet but got the headstone ahead of time.
I know about the controversial female ritual mutilations in other countries and maybe she was affected by this but it seems a very odd thing (and the only thing) to put on a headstone.
When we were down at my parents’ house in Fernandina Beach, we looked around the cemeteries and found a Charles Angel, Assassinated (date) - I think the date was something like 1895 or so. We never did find out what was up with that.
I don’t know if this adds anything to the discussion, but from reading newspaper accounts from around 1865, “assassinated” seems to be sometimes synonymous with the more mundane “murdered.” Also, several newspaper accounts from that time used “assassination” for attempted murder, not necessarily the actual death itself, such as, “So-and-so assassinated, but expected to survive.” I had to read it a couple of times the first time I saw it.
Well, about the only thing that pops to mind would be if she was actually born into a group that practiced female circumcision. Because someone was born Roberta Mgabe doesnt mean she couldnt have married some guy named Lukanen and emmigrated.
Although … are not jews forbidden to be tattooed? and couldnt she be a survivor of one of the camps, and hence ‘ritually unclean’ because of the tat?
Could it be that she is some kind of activist against ritual mutilation? And wanted her tombstone to bear a message about it? Like, “Women are STILL ritually mutilated” - which would explain the “STILL” part. She wanted to spread this message even after she was dead?
If she is some kind of activist then she’s a pretty stupid one because her message is too vague to convey meaning even under close scrutiny. Maybe she’s with PETA and she has something against wool? MUTilated, MUTtin? etc?
The idea that Jews with tattoos can’t be buried in Jewish cemeteries is a myth. (Tattoos aren’t permitted by Jewish law, but that has nothing to do with ritual uncleanliness, and anyway, ritual uncleanliness is mostly irrelevant since the destruction of the Temple two millenia ago.) Also, in Jewish law, one is not held responsible for acts committed against one’s will, like being tattooed by Nazis.