A homeless man in Serbia is seeking shelter in a most unusual placeÂ—a cemetery plot. According to International Business Times, 43-year-old former construction worker Bratislav Stojanovic has been sleeping in a grave for the past 15 years. His home is an underground cement space, spanning two yards and just one yard high, in a cemetery which is no longer in use. Oddity Central reports that he shares the plot with the ashes of a family buried over a hundred years ago, though he dosen’t know who they were since the names on the broken headstone have eroded away.
“I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time. Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead,” he told Reuters.
The obvious question is, why would it occur to someone to live among the dead? It’s true that homeless people often can’t afford to be picky about their accommodations, but a graveyard?
Stojanovic, who has never had a regular job, explains that he was robbed by homeless people on several occasions, prompting him to find a place where no one would bother him, including the police, so he took up residence in a tomb.
Stojanovic wasn’t always alone in the cemetery; he used to have a companion, a live one. But the man had to leave because his plot was too damp for him. Stojanovic once had a girlfriend, who was homeless as well, but she passed away.
It appears that cemetery living isn’t always easy, as Stojanovic has to spend much of his time looking around for candles, which are hard to come by now that there aren’t many visitors any more.
Although some practical jokers might welcome the chance to frighten people by jumping out of an open grave, Stojanovic is more responsible, saying “Whenever I want to crawl out I first check if there’s someone around, otherwise I could scare a person to death.”
When Stojanovic isn’t hanging out in his dank underground bachelor pad, he can often be found rooting through the garbage for something to eat. He continually “forages for cigarette butts dropped on the ground” and one of his favorite pastimes is observing the people who go into the church each day, and keeping track of how long they stay.
As bizarre and gruesome as this may sound, Stojanovic must be relatively happy with his living accommodations or he wouldn’t have stayed for so long. No matter how difficult living in the streets may be, there are many who simply could not stomach this sort of existence. But it’s true what they say, it really does take all kinds.
A graveyard in Heidelberg, Germany by 4028mdk09 via Wikimedia Commons