In case you're planning a trip, it should be noted that, while the
Principia is gospel and therefore unquestionable truth, at times it is
required of one to read it figuratively -- metaphorically, if you will --
and the passage on Emperor Norton is one example of text that should not be
taken literally. In this case, where the Good Book states that Emperor Norton
is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, one must, upon careful reading in context and
with assiduous comparisons of the various translations of the original
manuscript, come to the conclusion that this meant as a parable. In fact, the
parallel we must draw is that, as pilgrims to the Last Resting Place of the
Good Emperor, we should come with our beings open and cleansed of our
preconceptions -- sort of as a clear slate, or perhaps as new wood. And
new wood, of course, is green wood, which is our clue that the
actual grave of Emperor Norton is, in fact, in Greenlawn Cemetery, not, as the
more literal interpretation would have it, Woodlawn Cemetery.
We here at the HyperDiscordia Research Pavilion and Snack Cake Labs have
uncovered for you a map showing the cemetery, which is indeed in Colma,
California, near San Francisco.
This map comes to us from the wonderful folks at
GeoSystems Global Corporation who have a
rilly neat product (so far free) called
MapQuest. Patronize them so they won't
mind that we stole their map.