Old Russian funeral

Burial seemed old Russian man outfit for the trip. Methods and burial rites, which were accompanied by the burial of ancient Slavs, had two objectives: to make a normal life for the dead in the new world and establish a vital connection between them and their families.

The ancient Slavs, depending on where they live there are several ways of burial main ones are: 1) where it was a lot of wood and natural wood for the construction of Croda (funeral pyre), used burning body, and 2) in the steppe regions of the Kuban and Don where the fuel was little could be applied to the burial ground (after the baptism of Rus), 3) in the naval campaigns — sinking dead in the water.

The most common form of burial mound was. The ashes of the burnt corpse buried in the ground, placing it in an urn-pots. Churchyard several hundred Domowina ancient Slavs was a "city of the dead," the place of ancestor worship of gender, it is usually placed across the river. The distance between the churchyard and the river should be no less than 10 fathoms, and between the settlement and the river 27 yards. Distance from Croda (pyre) to the altar or place Trizna was at least 7 yards. Between the altar and the idol with ognevischem — two and a half fathoms. Ognevische was from Idol Rod at one column. Height of the idol at the churchyard was not less than two yards.

Mounds in the valley of the ancestors were located at a distance of three seven feet apart in rows, so that light from the Sun Yarily could cover all the mounds, and the shadow of one of the mound does not fall on neighboring at sunrise and sunset. Skull (the bones have the highest density, and therefore do not burn) krodirovannyh piled near Rod Idol, and the ashes and crushed remains of other bones were stored in a pitcher or urn that had the name or Domowina as before just talking house (made of clay and fired). In addition to the southern side of the room for feasts sometimes tagged onto the tournament grounds — a place where the soldiers with swords shown the Gods battle which involved the deceased soldier. At the heart of the future of the mound was placed on top of the pole which is fixed to the ground by four pillars between which established Domowina. Under the platform evolved homeware covers tuition and then hands covered with earth. There were mounds and reusable, they did pass a log in, and the area under the Domowina was greater (in order to be able to podzahoranivat other dead relatives). Now supporters of Vedic traditions use the same system, only after the cremation Domowina recess and above Barrow, and from the west put a monument. Deepening is a square hole with sides of one measure and depth in a single measure.

According to the established tradition at dying Slav it under any circumstances, washed, clothed in pure and sometimes very expensive clothes. Then they laid the dead man on the bench, head in the red corner (in the red corner is the idols), sheltered white canvas, arms folded across his chest.

Mirror used to be made of bronze or copper (now mirror) and covered by dark matter. If the mirror is not closed, the dead can take with the soul of relatives and then it will be a number of deaths in the family row. The doors did not close at the lock, so that the soul is free to come and go (and no it would not hurt), otherwise rational soul can not be frightened. The soul at this time is close to the body, and if she does not figure out how to get out then it can remain permanently attached to the site (up to 3 years).

When the dead man is, the thin ropes tied his hands and feet. Before Croda shackles off their feet and hands were removed.

The finger to the middle right hand tied copper wire, and the other end into the vessel sank to the ground (a kind of grounding, connection with mother earth). This was done so that the body longer maintained. Right hand radiates energy — why tie it to her (and not to the left which absorbs energy.)
The eye of the dead were placed copper or silver coins, your eyes did not open. This was done so that the dead man was not reflected in the parallel structures. Coins must be heavy enough to not open his eyes. These coins were then to the deceased, as a tribute to bury a ferry across the river mezhdumirya. About a person put a mirror and a light feather.

Three days according to the book of the dead priest read a farewell speech. At this time all of the living room, where he lay dead were removed. Then, after three days of their farewell ceremony with relatives.

Then the dead man carried a feet, symbolizing that if he had left. Bear were not related. Relatives are not working in front of the deceased. After removal of the dead floors in the rooms to be cleaned, but not close friends. The floors are washed from the farthest corner and up to the threshold.
Before Croda relatives said goodbye and kissed the dead man (kiss this man give energy).

If done KRODA, the wife of their free will can get on it and stay with her husband, and she was carried away with him to Svarga immaculate. Preparing for death, she dressed up in the finest clothes, feast and rejoice, rejoicing in a future happy life in the heavenly world. During the ceremony, was delivered to the gate, followed by wood and brushwood lay the body of her husband, raised over the gate, and she exclaimed that he sees his deceased relatives and orders soon lead her to him.

After the body burned, the ashes were collected in Domowina (urns). Not burnt bones and ashes dispels part of the fields. Then put a post it on her site packed with four columns, there is placed near the urn placed ognevitsa and things, weapons, etc. dressed cap on these four pillars and a white handkerchief from the top, it fell below steps, on which the Domowina. All this is covered with earth and gets the mound. Next to or on top of a memorial stone was placed. When it was Coating mound, each had to throw a handful of earth (ground pour the collar in no way be it black magic ritual in which the energy balance is disturbed and interrupted by energy channels).

Then conducted a funeral farewell dinner (Trizna) and the lists, if the deceased was a soldier. His friends showed last battles in which he participated. It was a kind of theatrical performance and the custom is preserved in a number of regions of Ukraine (Hutsul, Boyko) until the beginning of XX century, when the dead were carried out near the funeral games. The rite funeral, instead of an expression of grief and sorrow in the presence of the dead, all of you had fun: playing traditional musical instruments, sang, danced, told stories, played a bit of the dramatic scenes in raeshnom spirit. All of these actions have been preserved from ancient times, when the people had the right concept of death. Following the presentation put on the table and held the wake, and the next morning went to feed the dead, brought food to the mound, and left them there. With the churchyard nothing carried away. Until the ninth day, no one on the graveyard no longer walk.

Burying the dead, the Slavs were put to a man not only weapons, but also the horse harness, the woman put sickles, blood vessels, and grain. The bodies of the dead had for Croda (sent to the family) because the flame fastest drops the connection of mind and body and spirit with a soul immediately get into the heavenly world. At the funeral pyre of noble warriors was so great that the flame is visible within a radius of 40 km.

The existence of such a method funeral (burning), indicates Ibn Fodlan (early X century.) In his description of the funeral of a noble Russa. When Ibn Fodlan Russa said one, that Arabs have the bodies buried in the earth, Russ surprised stupidity Arabs: "The deceased — said Russ — and so hard, and you have to lean heavily on his extra weight, burying in the ground. Here we have the better, look — he said, pointing to the burning corpse of a noble Russ — how easy our deceased ascends to the heavens with the smoke. " Another piece of evidence is, in our chronicles, which describes the ancient customs of the Slavs, "And If anyone umryashe, tvoryahu funeral feast on him and put posem tvoryahu (fire) is large and vozlozhahut and put dead sozhzhahu and posem, sobravshe bone vlozhahu in sudinu little and postavlyahu on a pillar at Puteh, hedgehog doing Vyatichi and now (in the early XII century) C is tvoryahu custom krivichi pogagii and stuff … ". From this testimony of our record shows that by burning the remains of the deceased, collected in the vessel was placed on a pole, and then pour over the remains of a large mound.

With the adoption of Christianity, the custom of burning disappears and is replaced by the ubiquitous burrowing into the ground.

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