3rd Degree Scientific Researcher, PhD., “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in Social Studies and Humanities from Craiova, of the Romanian Academy;
Since ancient times, in all the civilisations, the antagonistic duality fear versus fascination, which refers to the aspect of the Other-Side World, has induced and maintained numerous funerary rites and rituals in the collective mentality. The fear of death was defeated by the belief in the continuation of life beyond death. In the funerary song Three sisters gathering flowers that accompanies the funerary rites, the passing towards the Other World is presented as a wandering (or falling asleep) while gathering flowers. By analysing the significations of the symbols that are found in this song, we intended to bring back to life the image of the cosmic sacredness, characteristic to the Romanian peasant.
three sisters, sleeping, gathering flowers, This World, the Other-Side world