A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers name origins - AceldamaIndie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, capable of erecting an atmospheric Wall of Sound by combining psych rock, shoe gaze and space rock.

The APTBS drummer, Justin Avery, is the provider of the remarkable band name, derived from the title of the first collection of poems called Aceldama (1898) by writer and poet Aleister Crowley. Aceldama is the Aramaic word for ‘field of blood', more particular a place in Jerusalem connected with Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' disciples.

Judas is said to have bought Acadelma with the money he received for the betrayal of Jesus.

He that mischief hatches mischief catches however, because in the Acts of the Apostles 1:18-19 the following is written about Judas:

‘Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he aburst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their aproper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.'

All this still does not explain why Aceldama should be synonymous with ‘a place to bury strangers'. The explanation is rather straightforward in fact: at one point in time the said field was used to commit people to the earth who were not Jewish.

Active: 2003-present, USA
Site: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com/

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