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Ziua Mortsilor (All Hallows Eve Traditions)

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Ahnica
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Ziua Mortsilor (All Hallows Eve Traditions)

Post by Ahnica on Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:43 am

All Hallows Eve the most dangerous times of year spiritually. It tends to bring out the extra superstitious side of our already very superstitious culture. Charms or talismans are often worn or hung about the living space to ward off evil spirits, and some groups go so far as to wear masks to hide themselves from evil as the Night of Spirits approaches.

However, gypsys being who they are, always trying to make the best of a bad situation, have developed another tradition for this dark time of year. On the evening of All Hallows Eve gypsys with lost loved ones write letters to their dearly departed on long strips of paper. The paper is then wound around the stem of a white rose (red roses are acceptable if white ones cannot be acquired). A fire is built in the center of camp, and the Coldoon or a Priest of Diana blesses it. The band members then bring forth their letter-bound roses, and cast them into the fire, announcing the name of the departed that they wish to remember. The belief is that on this night, when the veil is thinnest, these tokens will be sent to lost loved ones, sending Diana's love and the love of the living across the veil to let the dead know that they are remembered.

In bands where the ancient traditions are still strong this day is known as Ziua Mortsilor (ZI-oo-ah MORT-see-lore).


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