Reflective surfaces ...
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:00pm

... what a curious tradition in covering all of these within a home. I'd like to know the idea behind that.

I do recall my grandmother becoming agitated when I set my shoes on the table once as a child. Considering she was quite enlightened in her reading and education, it was a surprise to hear her speak of "shoes do not belong on a table unless there's a funeral to be done". It was a quite a few years later when I understood that shoes were only set on a table when there was a loved one to be dressed for burial.

Burying our own is such a different event now ....

  • "Gone To The Grave"The Gryphon, Thu Aug 20 5:05am
    No, not me, at least not yet. It's a book I borrowed from the Library. Full title: "Gone to the Grave - Burial Customs of the Arkansas Ozarks, 1850 - 1950" by Abby Burnett. Fascinating study on some... more
    • Reflective surfaces ... — Snapdragon, Sun Aug 23 10:00pm
      • Re: Reflective surfaces ...The Gryphon, Mon Aug 24 4:04am
        I think the reason for covering mirrors and other reflective surfaces was so that the newly dead's Spirit wouldn't see themselves, and be tempted to stick around..... Or, maybe Ghosts show up in... more
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