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Offline Loreniel Killan

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Sceltic Wake & Funeral Traditions
« on: Mar 08, 16, 01:57:20 PM »
Sceltic Wake & Funeral Traditions

The Wake
The Sceltic culture has great ties to the concept of Demon Dead and the concept of the Return to the Darkness. They believed that when a person died fully, and was returned to the Darkness, they were moving onto a better life and it was a cause to celebrate.

The celebration of the Wake served as a dual purpose that allowed the family and friends to observe the body for any signs that the loved one would rise as Demon Dead rather than completing their Return to the Darkness.

The Wake is held in the home of the deceased or a close relative, and during the length of the wake the home becomes known as a Wake House. Within the Wake House a receiving room or parlour is prepared for the deceased. Within the parlour a window will be opened at sunset and remain open for two hours to allow the spirit of the deceased to leave the house, rather than become trapped in the walls or within the body, and it is considered taboo to stand between the body and the window. The body of the deceased is cleansed, dressed and blessed by a Priestess. Candles would be lit at the head and foot of the deceased and would be tended to throughout the evening to ensure that the light did not go out. Within Blood families witch light was also appropriate to be used. Mirrors within the home should be covered as a sign of respect and curtains will be drawn shut.

Despite death being a sad occasion the Scelt’s wake is usually a happy gathering where friends and family share memories about the deceased and celebrate their life. It is common for guests to bring various forms of food and for the host family to provide alcohol for the celebration.

The Wake can last for days to allow family and friends from far reaching villages the time to travel and pay their respects. Throughout the term of the Wake a friend or family member will sit with the body at all times.

The Funeral
Often times in the smaller Sceltic villages a neighbouring Priestess will visit to pay respects to the deceased and bless the body. When it comes to the Funeral a procession will be led from the Wake House to an Altar, if one is available, or directly to a grave site.

The Funeral will take place at night so that the body and soul can be closer to the Darkness during the blessing and burial. A Blessing will occur at the Altar or directly at the grave site and the Priestess will perform the Blood’s Funeral ritual. Then the body will be lain in the grave and friends and family will pay their respects and share fond memories of the deceased and departed.