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       As I recall from the original posting (which is getting a bit vague in my memory) it was the claim of a funeral
      director (not a historian) that the deceased would not be able to recognize family members.
      This strikes me as most unlikely, considering the number of  folkloric ghosts that return from
       the dead precisely to warn the living to reform their lives. Ive never heard or read of a recognition problem.
      Im guessing that this is just a guess by the funeral director. He's the one who should be asked
     for his sources (and their date! For some people anything before the 20th century seems to
     count as the "Middle Ages".)
        Meg


From: medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ursula Troche
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 11:32 AM
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Subject: Re: [M-R] significance of - Wearing Black at Funerals - spirits

medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture Hi Everyone,

I really would like to go back to the original posting as there is another thing mentioned there which has not been followed up: that of the spirits.
Black was supposedly worn so that the spirit of the deceased couldn't recognise the family members and friends.
That really interests me because why shouldn't the deceased recognise family and friends. In the case of murder ok, but if you bury a loved one then i expect the spirit of the deceased would be happy to know that he/she is in the company of family and friends.
Any ideas on how to go about this question?
Were the spirits of the ancestors not valued?
greetings, Ursula


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