Developed at SPbU Faculty of Philology
by charitable donation from the Russkiy Mir Foundation
Russkiy Mir Foundation
The System of Actional and Verbal Amulets
The efficient system of actional and verbal amulets to help the departed and to protect the living (so that the deceased person could not either wander about the place, or look at the living, or attempt to take them with him or her). A house where there is a dead person is a “dirty” house: following the prescribed interdictions by the relatives and associates. The deceased must not be left alone and in the dark (the ritual wake taking place in the house of the deceased). The role and importance of funeral lamentations. The departure is coming to an end: arranging a “new home” (the coffin and the grave), “I am taking my things with me”, the farewell ceremony and the parting words, the funeral Mass and the burial.
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