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Noli Me Tangere: Summary and Analysis of Chapter 13 (Signs of Storm)

Ibarra visits his late father's grave.  He finds out from the gravedigger that the parish priest had ordered to dig up his father's remains, which were subsequently thrown into the river.  Ibarra leaves, furious.  On his way he meets Friar Salvi, the head priest, at whom he shoots verbal attacks and forces to kneel before him for disrespecting Don Rafael's grave. The priest eventually admits that it was not him but the parish priest before him, Friar Damaso, who was responsible for the shameful act.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Why were the people at the cemetery alarmed when they saw Crisostomo Ibarra?
Answer: They knew his father's remains were no longer there.

Question: Who was the parish priest of San Diego during the time of Don Rafael's death?
Answer: It was Friar Damaso.

Question: If the grave was ordered to be transferred to the Chinese cemetery, they why was the burial allowed on "holy ground" in the first place?
Answer: Friar Damaso was not in San Diego during the burial. His assistant was left in charge.

Question:  How is this event relevant to Crisostomo's life and to coming events?
Answer:  Like the title suggests, this occurrence is an omen of an impending storm -- Ibarra's silence will soon come to an end.


  1. what's wrong with being buried in a chinese cemetery?

    1. During the time of Rizal, the Chinese were looked down upon and therefore having someone buried where their dead lay was a form of dishonor.


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