Friday, August 27, 2004


Baby Showers and Funerals

Herodotus 5.4.2 (tr. George Rawlinson), concerning the Trausi, a Thracian tribe:
When a child is born all its kindred sit round about it in a circle and weep for the woes it will have to undergo now that it is come into the world, making mention of every ill that falls to the lot of humankind; when, on the other hand, a man has died, they bury him with laughter and rejoicings, and say that now he is free from a host of sufferings, and enjoys the completest happiness.

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