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Offline augustin717

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Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« on: December 22, 2009, 04:37:34 AM »
I want to share with you a few videos (found on youtube) of the ritual lamenting of the dead, a ritual still alive in some places of the world.
These are from Romania where, although still alive for now, they might well die in a couple of generations, depending on the rhythm and forms of the modernization and secularization. To have them alive, and not as museum pieces, it takes a  living peasant world.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02ayqTO6_Xg&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIft77mTdpc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrSku_6NG9I&feature=related

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Re: Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 10:29:51 AM »
I want to share with you a few videos (found on youtube) of the ritual lamenting of the dead, a ritual still alive in some places of the world.
These are from Romania where, although still alive for now, they might well die in a couple of generations, depending on the rhythm and forms of the modernization and secularization. To have them alive, and not as museum pieces, it takes a  living peasant world.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02ayqTO6_Xg&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIft77mTdpc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrSku_6NG9I&feature=related

I'm afraid most of the modern secular world is in denial that they are going to die.  We should lament the so called living.
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
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and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

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Re: Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 11:00:49 AM »
It's a pity these old traditions are slowly lost...
Asemănându-te obiceiurilor râvnitorului Ilie şi urmând Botezătorului pe drepte cărări, Părinte Antonie, te-ai făcut locuitor pustiului şi ai întărit lumea cu rugăciunile tale. Pentru aceasta, roagă-te lui Hristos Dumnezeu, să mântuiască sufletele noastre.

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Re: Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009, 11:07:36 AM »
When you think, it was within a culture/civilization similar to this, where the lamentations of the Great Saturday appeared.

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Re: Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2009, 12:41:03 PM »
It is still done at the Maronite Catholic church in my town at some funerals and on Good Friday.
Proverbs 22:7

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Re: Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2009, 12:46:40 PM »
I think the magnitude of the Lamentations only takes full shape when you have a culture that understands lamenting the departed.  How many lamentations do you say for a loved one?  10?  30?  50?  How many for the Son of God, Creator of the world?  117+! How long do we keep vigil for our loved ones before their burials? Half a day?  A full day?  How long for the Son of God, Creator of the world?  At least two full days?  The loss of the lamentation for the dead has likely affected our appetite for The Lamentations (which is still one of the most popular services in the entire year - but for many it has been shortened greatly).
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Re: Ritual wailing/funeral lamentation
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2009, 04:01:43 PM »
I remember almost the same scene from the first two videos when  my granmother passed away 9 years ago.