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Superstition

Dead Man's Curve

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Possible variations of collector's last name: Dine, Dini, Deni.


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Where learned: Self

Keyword(s): Curve ; DEATH ; Road ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

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Custom

The family of the deceased attends mass for six consecutive weeks. Each week the family brings fruit, candy, or fruit for the entire parish. At the end of the six week period an entire mass is said in memory of the deceased . The family brings wine, three large raisin breads, fruit, and boiled wheat for the parish. This is done to celebrate the first stage of the deceased's ascention into Heaven. The ritual is repeated at six months to celebrate the second stage. After a person has been dead for a period of one year, the ritual is repeated for the last time. This stage signifies that the deceased has ascended into Heaven.

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Despite revisions in the Orthodox mass, this custom has been preserved. It is considered an important and beautiful ritual. This custom is so old that no one knows how it exactly originated.

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Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; Self

Keyword(s): BURIAL ; CUSTOM ; DEATH ; FOOD ; Funeral ; RELIGION ; SYMBOLISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

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