The “Black Wedding” series, which has recently been broadcast on RTS and Superstar TV, has deeply intrigued the public with the Vlach customs presented in it.
Back in 1967, the RTS team visited Vlach villages in eastern Serbia, precisely because of the strange primordial customs that are represented in them, but also because of the specific beliefs about life and death that are passed from generation to generation in these parts.
Namely, in addition to the “black wedding” custom of the same name, the RTS team also noticed what it looked like in the village of Srbovo. “pomana”, another primordial custom for the dead.
According to the speaker, the rich table was prepared for only one guest. At the head of the table is a monument to the deceased who died a little less than a year ago.
Near the monument are placed a vessel with water and a zucchini, which are in the morning when it is given charity were part of a special ritual on the river.
Pomana, ie the making of the monument, must be done no later than a year after the death, because, as it is believed in these parts of Serbia, the soul of the deceased stays around the grave for so long, so it can move to the monument, which is why it rises.
However, this is not all. As it is stated in the attachment, they are remembered alive in this part of Serbia, when someone is afraid that their descendants will not prepare it when they die. All the prepared feast from the table is symbolically sent to the deceased, and when the candles are lit and the priest reads the prayer, the prepared meals and service are taken out into the yard to honor the guests.
See what this strange custom looked like:
Otherwise, charity was born from the popular belief of the descendants of the deceased, who believed that there was hunger, thirst, darkness, cold and scarcity in everything in the other world. In order to protect the dead from these plagues, the living wanted to send to the dead the most necessary things for their afterlife (food, drink, light, a staff for defense, etc.).
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