Part 1. THE ANCESTOR'S CHALLENGE
Earlier in Russia there was such a custom, a ritual - to call out to the ancestors. People strengthened the connection between generations through remembering the members of their tribal system, and also received Strength and Help from their Family. It is now that many of the deceased are afraid, and young people, in principle, do not understand why they should go to the cemetery to see their grandparents.
Once I was invited to the house by a friend. I was scared by what I saw. Here's the thing. Her mother-in-law holds a stack of old photographs of her dead, her ancestors, under her pillow, and sleeps on them. We trust our pillow with the most intimate - the head, thoughts, we dream on the pillow, we relax and recharge ourselves with energy during sleep. So, a friend asks me: “Is this good or bad? What to do with this, how can we live next to her? " To which I replied that it was her (grandmother's) choice, not to do anything with her, she is so charged from her Rod. By the way, a grandmother cannot be called a grandmother…. It's a horse woman! 84 years old, she works officially, quietly runs up and down from the 5th floor, and to work on foot about 6 km one way every day, and the same amount back, respectively. And after work he manages to go to the store and bring bags. I saw her recently - she somehow transformed so that she stopped looking like herself, does not age, does not get sick, and feels great. Of course, several genera lie under the pillow and charge it at night.
So let's figure out why our ancestors called out to the dead, and is it really necessary to be afraid of the dead?
On February 26, our ancestors had a tradition of commemorating the dead. On this day, they went to the cemetery, church, lit candles for the repose, and also performed the rite of calling out to the dead.
To perform the main ritual - calling out to deceased ancestors, one had to go out into the street as soon as it began to get dark, and look into the sky, at the barely noticeable white stars, pronouncing the names of the deceased people aloud. It was believed that the soul of the deceased was hidden in every star.
Calling ancestors by name, people kept the connection between generations, not letting it be interrupted, and believed that in difficult times they would certainly help to overcome any troubles. On this day, they looked at the stars, made wishes, and told the sky about their requests. They turned not so much to the stars as to the souls of deceased loved ones. Calling them by name, they remembered with a kind word, and asked for help to improve life, to protect them from troubles and sorrows. When people called out by the names of their ancestors, they believed in the power of ancestral memory, knew that all their relatives were in sight of the Lord and that they could ask for help from the Savior for those living on earth:
During this ceremony, as many names as possible were recalled and pronounced. Those who asked in those minutes represented the mighty roots and branches of their ancestral Tree of Life.
On February 26, it was also customary to call out to the stars, so that vigilance would come from their radiance. Our ancestors called out both the stars and their deceased relatives, looking at the sky for a long time:
After all, during the long twilight winter evenings, a lot of needlewomen weaved, spun, embroidered. And eyesight has dulled.