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Superstitions on Graves Superstitions on Graves / Mourning



Superstitions about the hearse:

Journey:

. A hearse stopping at someone's door on the way to the funeral-death omen for the householder.
. A hearse having to be turned around on the way to the funeral -death omen of another family member.
. Interruption of a funeral procession - unlucky.
. A hearse returning to the house after the funeral -bad luck.
. Being the first person to drive a new hearse - unlucky.

Seeing a hearse:

. Seeing an empty hearse coming towards you-lucky.
. Turning around to watch a hearse go by -unlucky.
. Keeping your head covered when a funeral procession goes by -unlucky.
. Counting the number of cars in a funeral procession-unlucky.
. Looking at a funeral through a window-unlucky.

Superstitions about graves:

Touching:
. Walking on grave -unlucky.
. Pregnant woman treading on a grave-her child will be club-footed.

Pointing:
. Pointing at a grave - will make your finger rot.

Meeting:
. Meeting at graveside-unlucky.

Flowers:
. Picking a leaf or flower from a grave.-unlucky.

Digging:
. Digging a grave north and south-unlucky.

Open:
. Leaving a grave open a Sunday-unlucky and presages another death.

Disturbing:
. Using the headstone or other materials from a grave for building purposes-unlucky.
. Digging, plowing, or planting on ground in which a body has been buried-unlucky.
. Collecting epitaphs from tombstones - unlucky: you risk losing your memory.
. Exhuming a body that has been interred - this is a death omen for members of the deceased's family.

Cures:
. Being near or in an open grave -curses all manner of illness including toothache, boils, and incontinence.

Superstitions about Burial:
. Being the first to be buried in a churchyard-unlucky.

Last buried:
. The spirit of the last corpse buried -remains there to watch over the others.
Position:
. Burying a corpse in the north side of a graveyard-unlucky.

During burial:
. Throwing a rose into a grave-unlucky.
. Burying a corpse in the north side of a graveyard-unlucky.
. Running during a funeral-unlucky.
. Sun shining on the face of a mourner-death omen.
. Leaving the door of the deceased's house open during the burial-lucky.
. Being unable to fit the coffin into the grave-misfortune for the mourners.
. Having someone from the deceased's hometown present at the burial-allows the deceased's soul to rest in peace.

Postponing:
. Postponing a burial-unlucky.

Superstitions on Mourning

Relatives:
. Relatives of the deceased must not appear in public places or wear jewelry in case the evil spirits take them too.

Plants:
. Tying a piece of black ribbon around plants on someone's death -prevents then dying too.

Speaking:
. Speaking ill of the dead - unlucky.

Clothing:
. A mourning veil worn by a widow -prevents death catching her too.
. Falling in love while in mourning clothes-you will never marry.

Color of mourning clothing
This differs between countries, some examples are:

COUNTRY
COLOR
Armenia
Violet
Burma
Yellow
China
White
Egypt
Yellow
Ethiopia
LightBrown
Iran
Light blue
Japan
White
South Africa
Red
Syria
Violet
United Kingdom
Black
USA
Black


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