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March 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm #750
My maternal grandmother passed away on the 11th of February. Is there a stipulated period of ritual impurity after a death in the family? What other things cause ritual impurity, if any?
I thank anyone who can help with this.
CatoMarch 9, 2016 at 6:26 pm #3267
The state of pollutio after a death in the family lasts for 9 days provided the proper funerary rites are carried out. At the funeral you would make an offering to Ceres and to the deceased; traditionally the porca praesentanea, which served to cleanse the family of death, sanctify the grave or tomb and allow the deceased to enjoy one last meal with the family as a "living" person. After nine days it was typical to return to the tomb or gravesite and pour a libation of wine to the deceased and to the manes in general–this date was considered the deceased’s new "birthday" under the idea that they were born into the after life. Just as it was traditional to wait 9 days after the birth of a child to formally name him/her and thus receive the family’s blessing.March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm #3268
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