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First vestiges of the Funeral Honors: Solemn act of the last goodbye

Funeral Honors

The Middle Ages brought man the sighting of many scientific and technical advances, but it also left mankind with numerous traditions, among which the ritual of watching the deceased stands out.

It is believed that funerals began to be officially established since then in the old world.

Being this ritual known for:

Place the deceased on a horizontal surface from where his body could be well appreciated, to exercise funeral honors on him and at the same time offer the memory of the last goodbye by his relatives.

Due to the rusticity of the medical practices of that time, people extended funerals for approximately three days, because by then extreme states of coma and catalepsy had taken away the possibility of living from many people.

In cases of young people and children, the ritual lasted until the corpse began to show the first signs of putrefaction, as the family agreed to wait for the emergence of some sign of vitality in them that was strong enough to bring them from the beyond.

Funeral rites spread around the world

Many regions belonging to China, a country known as the Asian giant, extended the tradition of the old continent to watch over the deceased until the body was able to support it.

With this practice, they ensure that the spirits of their ancestors could come to earth to claim the soul of their relative, in the event that they did not know the path they should take to eternity or were lost. 

In Chile, a South American country, it is customary to dress the deceased in their usual clothes, mainly if they are small children, who were incorporated into a seat or displayed before family and friends to say goodbye with joy and songs.

Ceremony that allowed him to be received in heaven in a happier way for his soul.

Funerals in Cuba

In Cuba, the funeral is a solemn act for families, where they gather to mourn the recent carnal loss.

While others turn the event into a reminder of good experiences and behaviors developed by the deceased, thus celebrating their virtues and sometimes highlighting their defects.

To develop such an ancestral practice, the friends and relatives of the deceased meet in funeral homes, places arranged for that purpose and to a lesser degree in homes to honor their legacy, thereby giving a show of affection and respect to the person life was dear to him.

Depending on the religion professed by the deceased will be the rituals that are performed during the wake.

On the other hand, the presence of flowers and candles is an inviolable rule at Cuban funerals.

  • Flowers they are offered to the soul of the deceased to rejoice in them, as a detail as a token of affection,
  • the candles they are lit so that his soul obtains the necessary light to travel towards eternity and can rise to the kingdom of heaven.

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