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The etymology from pit takes us to the Latin term fossa, derived from fodĕre (which can be translated as "dig" ). The concept has several uses according to the context.

A pit can be a excavation that develops with him objective of burying one or more people. For example: "The police found the body of the young woman in a pit in the garden of his house", "The killer tried to hide the pit with plants and flowers", "The gunman made the victim dig his own pit".

Common fossa is the one that is used for the burial of corpses who, for various reasons, are not granted their own burial. The mass graves can develop within the framework of wars , illegal repression, epidemics or natural catastrophes. The Nazis, to name a case, used to throw their victims' bodies into mass graves.

In Spain, unfortunately there are numerous mass graves scattered throughout its territory and in which people who were executed during the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco are buried. Specifically, during that repressive period, once the Civil War ended, thousands of citizens were murdered simply for their political ideas contrary to the regime and those were thrown into mass graves without even their families knowing where their remains were.

Today there are still many families who still do not know exactly the whereabouts of the remains of their loved ones killed by Franco.

Among all the mass graves in Spain there is one that stands out for being the largest of all. We are referring to the one in the San Rafael Cemetery, in Malaga, where more than 33,000 people are buried.

In this country and, following the approval of the Law of Historical Memory, there are several associations that are struggling to find those mentioned graves in order to discover who are buried in them and that in this way their families, finally , can say goodbye to your loved ones.

However, it should not be overlooked that in other corners of the world there are also mass graves as a result of the serious conflicts that took place in them as wars and totalitarian regimes. Thus, there are also in Budapest or Colombia, for example.

A septic tank or black pit , on the other hand, is a space that, when there are no sewers in a dwelling, it is destined to the deposit of wastewater. In the area of ​​the hydrocarbon industry, the notion of a pit is used to refer to the hole that is made next to the oil well to accumulate drilling waste.

In ancient times, meanwhile, graves used to be dug around powerful . In this way the siege and the access to the fortification.

For the anatomy , a pit is a body cavity . The nostrils , in this framework, are the cavities that are separated by a partition. These pits suppose the beginning of the respiratory system, since they allow the entry and exit of air.

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