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MOURNING. This word has several significations. 1. It is the apparel worn at funerals, and for a time afterwards, in order to manifest grief for the death of some one, and to honor his memory. 2. The expenses paid for such apparel.
     2. It has been held in England, that a demand for mourning furnished to the widow and family of the testator, is not a funeral expense. 2 Carr. & P. 207. Vide 14 Ves. 346; 1 Ves. & Bea. 364. See 2 Bell's Comm. 156.

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The recent appearance of stand-up comedy in the mourning rituals is another example of the intimate relationship between matanga and popular culture in Kinshasa.
This suggests that his behaviour could be seen as an extreme, but not necessarily abnormal version of ancestry worship and traditional mourning rituals, although even the patient later described himself as being "out of his mind" when he produced the doll.
The dramatized mourning rituals of recent television programming locates itself within the context of this literary history and gestures toward antecedents in Jewish American literature.
Even the African mourning rituals were not presented in an engaging way to add depth or color to the performance.
Mourning rituals, such as funerals, are important ways for people to remember the deceased and express their feelings.
This is precisely what Lansing attempts and it leads her to the intriguing conclusion that, since there is substantial evidence of elaborate mourning rituals by notable men in the earlier period, it was the very upholders of patriarchal authority who were now potentially fining themselves for breaches of funeral etiquette.
This treatment goal may be appropriate in some instances, but there is also the possibility that Western-trained clinicians will interpret the client's family role or culturally sanctioned participation in the funeral and mourning rituals to be coercive or damaging to the individual's personal well-being.
The Interweaving of Rituals uses textile weaving as its central metaphor to demonsrrate how entrenched indigenous practices such as mourning rituals and burial practices were overlaid and intertwined with imported meanings and symbols.
As a resource for students and general readers, their resource text provides information on 100-plus subtopics organized into four life-cycles--birth and childhood, coming of age, adulthood, and death and mourning--including conception and pregnancy; greeting and naming the baby; entering a faith; commemorating birth; religious milestones; new privileges and responsibilities, such as driving and first dates; school events; initiation rites; courtship and engagement; wedding preparations, ceremonies, receptions, and post-wedding events; adult milestones such as buying a house and class reunions; later adulthood; preparing the body at death; funerals and other mourning rituals; burials; and memorials and later commemorations.
Although Aghaie provides an impressive historical account of the ceremonies from the Qajar era to the present, he fails to comprehensively explain the historical formation of the mourning rituals in the early modern Safavid period of Iranian history, from the sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries.
Building on the work of Huston Diehl and Michael Neill, Goodland sees Renaissance secular drama as restoring the unity disrupted by the Protestant curtailment of Catholic mourning rituals. Thus, when the Reformation banished the corpse from the church, the Renaissance theater restored it by placing it prominently onstage.
The Great War of 1914-18 was identified as a turning point that shattered the Christian culture of death and accelerated the decline in mourning rituals. War reinforced the stoical and private responses to death learnt by bushmen and isolated settlers over many decades of adjustment to the Australian environment.