The Chairfather: Père Lachaise part III
At the left corner of the next intersection, look for a tomb that's a bit taller than you, with a thick slab resting on rustic pillars. This roof protects the bust of a dark head with wild eyes.
[4 SECOND PAUSE]
The ground on which you now stand is said to be in-between the world of the dead, and of the living. This is the final resting place of Allan Kardec, father of spiritism.
« Be born, die, be reborn and progress forever »
is carved in the stone. Allan believed in reincarnation, and that it was possible to communicate with the dead, and it wouldn't be one of those one-way conversations like with your father-in-law.
Although he never kicked a soccer ball, Brazilians go nuts for Kardec. For some reason, his fame in Brazil surpasses that of any other Frenchman, including Zidane or even Napoleon. His face has appeared on stamps and his name is on schools and roads in nearly all major towns. 'O que dá?'
How would you like to speak with the spirit world? I ask you now to think of one of the 50 personalities on The Chairfather tours that you would like to interview. Allan will help us. Do you have that person in mind? Good.
We will now attempt to communicate…
From the land beyond beyond… from a world past hope and fear… we summon Allan Kardec.
(3 second pause)
Are you there, Allan?
(1 second pause)
Al my pal?
Oh well, we tried.
Leave Kardec on your left as you take the dirt path Chemin de Quinconce.