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Ioan Cioaba on death rites and the belief in "mule" among the Kalderaš in Sibiu


Duration: 01:00
Source: Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, B 39094E (excerpts); recorded by Mozes F. Heinschink in Sibiu, Romania.
Date: 1985

When someone dies, our Roma do not touch the deceased, not even the coffin. They pay a gadžo, who does everything necessary for them. Among our Roma it is like this: When our Roma are angry with someone, they take some earth from a dead person’s grave and throw it into the well. Then the person you are angry with can no longer walk, for the earth suffocates him.