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4 comments on “Rite of passage

  1. Jed

    Friday 18th January 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Apparently it’s to stop the spirit of the close dead relative harming/haunting the innocent child.

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/pages/history/story0080.html

  2. Quokkagirl

    Friday 18th January 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Lovely. So often there is a new baby in the family at the time of a death (coincidence?).Where the family are happy for me to do so, I will bring the baby forward as we say farewell to the dead one,. using the opportunity to cast their eyes on the future and to get the sense of continuity. I like it and what’s more, so do the families who go for it.

  3. Wednesday 16th January 2013 at 2:38 pm

    My best guess would be something to do with life coming out of death, or the cycle of life, or something like that. Or possibly the dead blessing the baby in some way.
    Looks like funeral directors doing this, though and I would have thought this would be a prime example of something more appropriately done by the family.

  4. Tuesday 15th January 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Fascinating! Thanks for this Charles.

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