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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