Anuarul Muzeului Etnografic al Moldovei – V / 2005


Within the present paper, we continued the presentation of burial traditions by means of historic sources – lists with funeral expenses, found in the National Archive in Iasi. We have considered a will of Tuduri Stavru, Greek merchant from Vaslui, dated 1806, and some funeral old manuscripts from 1827-1830, 1842-1843 and 1844-1845, belonging either to some townsmen of Iasi, or to their relatives in the Moldavian villages, who were land owners. In all these documents the main concern is for the time when they would pass away, so to make easier the soul’s trip to the netherworld. Therefore cyclic funeral feasts are carried out, so to assure the welfare of the missing person, at 3, 9, 20 and 40 days since the death, as well as at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months and annually since the death for a period of 7 years, when the exhumation takes place. These lists of funeral expenses may represent real documentary sources for the history of mentalities of a certain community.