National Geographic : 1922 Jun
664 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE MOHAMMEDANISM'S LARGEST GATEWAY TO PARADISE The Buyuk Mezaristan, in Scutari, is said to be the largest Moslem cemetery. From Stamboul one can plainly see the forest of dark cypress trees that marks the spot. These, "the only constant mourners of the dead," have long been a distinguishing feature of Turkish cemeteries, where a new tree is supposed to he planted for each new tomb. A PASTURE GROUND AMONG THE DEAD Sacred as is a Turkish cemetery, the Moslems do not feel that a burial ground is solely for the benefit of the dead. The cemetery has long been the woman's club, as the coffee house has been the man's, and here in Scutari some thrifty herdsmen graze their oxen among the gaily painted tombs, well knowing that they will be safe till evening time.