Funeral Rites and Ceremonies
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject HeadingsScope Note: Created For = NAHSTE
Found in 53 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents Story about the plague which struck Na Hearadh/Isle of Harris during 'Linn Mh[ic] Aula' which 'carried away' many people. It tells how 'fear drove the people in floods to the church hold[in]g each others hands coming to church + sing[ing] songs. Only 3 persons came out on 3[rd] day. Church full of skulls.' The story notes how Angus, the son of Mr Aula [MacAulay] was buried opposite the pulpit on the north side of the wall alongside it.
Dates: November 1873
Scope and Contents Story collected from Hector MacLeod, aged 85, at Caisteal Bhuirgh/Borve Castle, Lionacleit/Linaclate, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula, telling how a woman from the MacCormaig family in Killpheadair [Cille Pheadair/Kilpheder, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] went to work at Balranald [Baile Raghnaill, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist] and got married there. Not long after she married she fell ill and died. When her wake folk were resting her friends 'who came in g[rea]t force' took away her corpse but they were...
Dates: 20 January 1871
Scope and Contents Story and notes about burials and archaeological finds on Tarasaigh/Taransay telling how a large, thick skull with a piece cut out of the back of it as if by a sword was seen at Teamp[ull] Charrain or Tharrain [Teampull Tharain/St Tarran's Chapel]. He describes the skull and a large skeleton found near it. He records how men and women were buried separately, the men at Teampull Tharrain and the women at Teamp[ull] Che [Teampull Chè] although the two places are fifty yards apart. The story tells...
Dates: 8 July 1870
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Druidh Achabheannaich' from Latheron, Caithness [Latharan, Gallaibh] about a small circular fold like altar in the middle of a heather-covered cairn just to the east of the Druid's Stone, Clach nan Druidhneach, where it is believed that druids who had become too old were burnt alive. Among those was a young druid who was preparing the altar for such a ceremony when he choked on the smoke and died. It was said that he was snatched by the old druid's spirit.
Dates: 28 January 1874
Scope and Contents Story written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Prince Charlie' and telling the story of a blanket specially made for Bonnie Prince Charlie [Prince Charles Edward Stuart] after his defeat at Culloden, when he was staying Roisinish [Ròisinis/Rossinish]. An unmarried woman there by the name of MacMillan heard he had no bed clothes so persuaded her neighbours to make a blanket for him. They worked non-stop on the blankets and 'dried [them] on the face of the rocks of...
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Saothach Maoldonaich' in which 'Fear Shanntrai' [Fear Shanndraigh/tacksman of Sanndray] finds a wrecked vessel and removes all the gold from it. He buried it in Caolas, Vat[ersay] [Bhatarsaigh/Vatersay] a grieve was also burying the cask of 14 gills. Both men died men 'died in a fever rather suddenly'. Property was left to MacNeil of Barra, his nephew, but when the creditors heard about it they wanted to take it. Fear Shanntraigh said he would build [a barrier of gold] from Port...
Dates: September 1872
Scope and Contents Story entitled 'Submerged Church', collected from Ken[neth] MacKenzie, mason, Dallabrog [Dalabrog/Daliburgh, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist] at Eirisg, Barra [Eirisgeigh/Eriskay, Barraigh/Isle of Barra]. MacKenzie tells Carmichael that he was made aware of the church, Caibeal MhicCeallaich, by another man while shearing sheep. He describes the dimensions and composition of the building in detail and its location as 'Below Bornish Uarach s[outh] side of point Lowest spring tide' [Bornais Uarach/Upper...
Dates: 4 November 1873
Scope and Contents Story relating to Teampull Bholley [Teampull Mholuaidh, Eòropaidh/Eoropie, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis] and 'An Groey' probably collected from Angus Gunn, cottar, Dail bho Thuath/North Dell, Nis/Ness, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis. He describes how Pollaig [Moluag] built the temple to include an echo but that he had no roof. While asleep he heard a voice telling him to go to Tràigh Sheannta [Traigh Shanndaigh], which he did and then oak was washed ashore which made a roof without using nails:...
Dates: 27 October 1873
Scope and Contents Three panels of Egyptian hieroglyphs: the Judgement Scene-Ani's heart being weighed in the balance; the Sekhet Hetepu or Elysian Fields; and the Funeral Procession.
Scope and Contents Photograph of the Tower of Silence in Bombay, [India] with a row of vultures perched on the wall in the early 20th century.