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Las Mourners in Cuba: the ancient trade of crying Did you know it?

Mourners in Cuba

Within the oldest professions in the world is known the old job of crying.

Exercise of false feelings, where a group of people, especially women, dedicate a few tears to the loss of a human life for the cost of some bills to be agreed with the client.

Even today the ingenious origin of this trade is unknown, more diverse sources assure that in the times of ancient Rome, in Greece and in Egypt these practices were developed with great success.

Recent research reports that in ancient times the relatives of the deceased thought that with the exercise of crying the sins of the deceased would be cleansed.

This being the real reason why mourners used to hire.

The weeping women in Cuba and America.

Currently in Cuba these practices are not in force, but there are still vestiges of a past that tells of their presence, because before 1959 the weeping women were hired to attend the funerals of the wealthiest people in society.

In Mexico and other Latin American countries, the old art of crying at the funerals of strangers still stands, becoming rooted in the culture and traditions of South American countries as a hallmark of identity.

The image of the weeping woman through time

The appearance of these women has not changed much over the years, as they usually appear at the venues where the funerals will take place wearing discreet attire, preferably black, accompanied byañatwo of rosaries and instruments of faith.

On some occasions they usually manifest by presenting their head covered with mantillas of a similar hue.

Cry and transmit emotions to the soul of the deceased

Las Lloronas, as these women are also known, stand out for their impressive ability to cry and to transmit emotions during the exercise of their trade, virtues that they create, in those who hire them, the tranquility that their loved ones will be remembered forever through this attention paid.

It is more common to see mourners at wakes that are not very crowded, but despite this, relatives want the loss to be felt.

The office of sobbing nowadays.

It is curious to mention that currently the services of these people are not only limited to funerals, because on anniversaries of the deceased they are called to honor the deceased.

In this way, the art of crying goes down in the history of humanity as a method to earn an honest living, showing through the trade of sobbing the way out of economic problems and sometimes as a method to guarantee that a family tradition continues to be kept alive.

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