The “Black Wedding” SERIES has tickled the imagination of the citizens of Serbia these days precisely because of the unusual and little-known customs practiced by the Vlachs. In addition to the custom called “black wedding”, another equally interesting posthumous custom is applied to the Vlachs, and it is the obituary.
In Negotinska Krajina, there is also the custom of the funeral procession, on the second day of Easter.
– Up to 40 days, the soul of the deceased is there in the house where he leaves. He is given up to seven years of age, he is given everything he will need in the other world. Here in Slatina, we always share woolen socks so that he is not barefoot. It is divided on the day of the funeral, into 40 days, a year, then the third, fifth, seventh. At the age of seven, this is our custom, we share a bed, a table, chairs, always a suit, food, drinks – adds Branislava Dimitrijević Vlahinja from Slatina near Bor, who respects all customs as she learned from her mother.
Posthumous customs among the Vlachs
For the Vlachs, as well as for other nations, death is the transition from earthly temporary to heavenly eternal life. They are preparing for this transition for the rest of their lives. “That world” is a new life, but it is dark and cold – says Branislava.
– If the deceased dies without a candle, he is in the dark there, he suffers. If he is buried barefoot, he walks on thorns. If, for example, his son has died, and his mother and father are still alive, a small candle is placed on his little finger so that he has light there. When he is given pomana, three candles are placed and the so-called paradise of 44 candles, which will give him light there. That heavenly candle is lit for up to a year, and for up to seven years – Dimitrijević tells us, who is preparing a seven-year commemoration of her mother-in-law these days.
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