Etiquette & superstition: mourning

There are of course many superstitions and rules of etiquette regarding mourning, and it would be foolish of me to try to tackle the entire subject in one post. I may revisit the issue in the future, but for now, I would just like for everyone reading this to take a moment to think of Tweek and Buffy and all the other fine creatures we have loved who have left us, and wish them well in their current homes.

ETIQUETTE: (from Vogue’s Book of Etiquette, 1948 edition) It is incorrect to wear any kind of feathers, even black ones, while in mourning. Except ostrich feathers. You can wear ostrich feathers.

SUPERSTITION: Cry for your loss, but do not literally shed tears over the dead. They will not be able to rest peacefully if your tears touch their body. Interestingly, it is said that the dead are blessed if rain falls upon their corpses.

Photo by SeenyaRita on flickr

Published in: on June 23, 2008 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  
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