Dušni Brav

Dušni Brav (Serbian: душни брав; "Soul Ram" (also referred to as Dušno)); refers to a practice of Christianized animal sacrifices amongst the Serbian Orthodox. It involves the ritualistic slaughter of a lamb for a funeral feast (Daća).

It is believed that the sacrifice of the Dušni Brav is meant to pacify and appease the departed's soul.[1]

DescriptionEdit

The practice involves the blood sacrifice of a sheep (душни брав, dušni brav) to the soul of the deceased. The animal is slaughtered in the deceased's backyard or property, on the day of their funeral or on the 40-day and/or year anniversary (годишњица, "godišnjica") of their death.[2] The sheep must be the same gender as the deceased, and about the same age. No other animal but a white sheep may be sacrificed.[3]

Before the sacrifice, a white cloth is put on top of the sacrificial sheep and a candle is lit.[4] After the sacrifice, the sheep is roasted and prepared, and the white cloth is placed upon it again and it is served with Koliba at the Daća (funeral feast). Before eating the Dušni Brav it is proper etiquette to cross oneself.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smiljana Djordjević (2007), "Dušno: Blood sacrifice in the posthumous customs of Colonist Serbs in Omoljica", Kurban in the Balkans, Belgrade: Serbian Academy of Science and Arts
  2. ^ Smiljana Djordjević (2007), "Dušno: Blood sacrifice in the posthumous customs of Colonist Serbs in Omoljica", Kurban in the Balkans, Belgrade: Serbian Academy of Science and Arts
  3. ^ http://www.graduzice.org/userfiles/files/obicaji.pdf
  4. ^ Nadko Nodilo (1889), "Religija Srba i Hrvata", Rad Jugoslovenske Akademije, Zagreb: Jugoslavenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti
  5. ^ Smiljana Djordjević (2007), "Dušno: Blood sacrifice in the posthumous customs of Colonist Serbs in Omoljica", Kurban in the Balkans, Belgrade: Serbian Academy of Science and Arts

External linksEdit

  • (in Serbian) Култ мртвих. Протођакон Љубомир Ранковић, Верски Обичаји. Retrieved: 2 February 2016.