“Deathways of the Comstock Chinese” exhibit to open in Virginia City

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Updated: 8/12/2014 1:01 pm
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Comstock History Center, in partnership with the Comstock Cemetery Foundation, has announced the opening of a new museum exhibit entitled
Deathways of the Comstock Chinese.

The exhibit, which highlights the death and burial practices of the Chinese will feature artifacts, photographs, video and an accurately reproduced, life-sized Chinese gravesite. The free exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.

The historic Chinese graveyard in Virginia City is no longer intact, so visitors will have an opportunity to see a replica Chinese burial site -- complete with ornate decorations -- reconstructed within the exhibit. The display illustrates the complex and symbolic death rituals that were part of China’s ancient culture.

Visitors will receive a card with an illustration of an animal from the Chinese zodiac calendar. Each of 12 zodiac cards contains information about a specific Chinese Comstock resident who was born during the year on the card, as well as Chinese proverbs about human characteristics pertaining to that year.

The Comstock History Center is located at 20 N. E Street in Virginia City, two blocks downhill from the Bucket of Blood Saloon, and is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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