Dragan Jevremović on death rites among the Kalderaš

Duration: 01:25
Source: Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, B 39531A (excerpt); recorded by Mozes F. Heinschink among Serbian Kalderaš in Vienna.
Date: 1990

Sî tradicija, te ćinel pe jek nevo źute calja, te del anda vas. Aj kodo, kas del anda vas, šaj te avel lesko phral, lesko śav, lesko, te phiravel les sastimasa, bachćasa, kadja. E aven, ćinen po ‘k momeli, den andrê, či den pe vas. E atunča źas ka o mulo, kaj sî kothe, uvek arakhêl pe jek prostorija kaj aśêl o mulo andrê. Atunč des jag e momela, kêres trušul. Des jag e momeli, sî kothe varekaj kaj thos te phabol. E atunča kodo mulo te na prachola pe duj djes, paša kodo mulo mora uvek varekon te avel, po gotovu e rjat. O djes naj mora te avel, šaj aśêl vi korkořo ali i rjate varesar či tromal pe te aśêl kokořo.

It is our tradition to buy a new suit and pass it on in memory of the deceased. The recipient may be the brother of the deceased or his son. He shall wear the suit in health and well-being. The visitors come, they each buy a candle, they enter, but you don’t shake hands. Then we walk up to the dead, who rests there. There is always a room where the dead body can be laid out. Then you light candles and cross yourself. There is a spot for the burning candle. If the deceased is not buried within two days, someone will always have to stay near him, especially during the night. This is not necessary during the day, when the deceased may remain alone, but at night he must never be left unattended.)