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May. 8th, 2006 | 10:02 am
mood: melancholymelancholy
posted by: imateninpu in houseofnetjer

I need some ideas/suggestions/advice.

How can I mourn Kemetic-ally at a modern Christian-based funeral? I'd like to observe Kemetic mourning traditions at my great aunt's funeral, but I don't want to be too offensive to the largely Christian family members.

Does anyone have any ideas? Or can anyone point me to a book or web page where I can get some ideas?

I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks.

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from: herupaneb
date: May. 8th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
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do you mean you actually want to scream and wail and rake your nails over your flesh and other forms of self-flaggalation?

Cuz, yeah, that was the tradition. Actually the tradition was to hire professional 'mourners' to perform that for the family. How much they wailed and carried on would depend on how much they were paid. I would probably advise against that, because I'm really sure that would offend.

The only other thing was the 70 days prayers, said 70 days after their death.

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from: imateninpu
date: May. 8th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I think I can rule out self-flaggalation. 8}

I was thinking more along the lines of some sort of amulet or other symbol I could wear to indicate mourning. I would think the family members would carry some other, more subtle, sign of grief.

Or not, I don't know. *shrug*

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from: herupaneb
date: May. 8th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I haven't come across any sort of amulet to indicate 'mourning' (probably because it was more than obvious which house was in mourning by following the wails, screams and laments)

I know in modern times people will wear amulets to represent them in their religion or group, or country, etc, but The amulets in Ancient Egypt were to endow the wearer powers or capabilities.

I myself wear a druidic symbol, for protection by my Celtic ancestors. I have no connection to the religion, nor know what it means (the druids took that bit of information with them, hehe) but It is a good protective amulet.

The dead will know you mourn for them, without fancy symbols, or screaming actors, or huge memorials, that is mostly for the living.

Though if you're going to a cemetary, I would suggest wearing an udjat for protection from the more restless spirits in the cemetary.

Also if you're interested in Kemetic amulets, I suggest Amulets of Ancient Egypt by Carol Andrews.

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from: jayed
date: May. 8th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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When Dad died, it was a christian funeral. But I held my faith by not praying. When prayers were said, I just stared at the coffin (there was alot to see really, Anubis, dead grandparents etc). I did not observe the traditions, but respected the others who were there and respected my Dad's faith.

*hugs*

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from: jessidora
date: May. 10th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Not that I think it's a bad idea, but I can't think of anything that could be done actually at the funeral other than silent prayers. You can certainly honor your great Aunt in your akhu shrine. It is presumably safe from the easily offended. :)

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