Tag Archives: greek mourning rituals

The Revitalization of Tear Bottles

Ancient mourning ritual of capturing tears garners modern interest

The tradition of collecting one’s own tears in a lacrimatory, or tear bottle, dates back to ancient times.  Tear bottles are made of terracotta or glass, and can measure up to four inches in height. In ancient Rome and Greece, … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Perspectives | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exploring the Traditions of Greece

How a funeral rite has outlasted the centuries

One of the most seldom discussed funeral rites in our culture happens to be one of the most ancient. What started in 1100 B.C. Greece is still largely practiced today. In archaic times, Greeks either buried or cremated their loved … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Perspectives | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments