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Pouring water after the deceased


Duration: 00:40
Source: Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, B 39532 (excerpt); recorded by Mozes F. Heinschink among Serbian Kalderaš in Vienna.
Date: 1990

Amende pheren ek kakavi paj haj kana ingêrdol o mulo anda khêr, śoren kodo paj pala leste haj mekên e kakavi kadja te chaštil. Amen mothas, ando drom karing o mulo gêlo. Den la kadja pe prašaveste. Eta akana te puśes ma, sostar kodja kêrdjol? Sar? But źene kêren kodja, te na o mulo boldel pe palpale.

When the dead person is carried out of the house, we fill a kettle with water and pour the water after the deceased. The kettle remains lying overturned with the opening pointing towards the dead person. We say that the water has taken the way towards the deceased. If you now ask me why this is done? A lot of people do it so that the dead person won’t return.