Funeral Customs of Caucasian Estonians

Photo 1. Photo 2. Photo 3.

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Photo 1.
Elviina Jakobson, 20 months old, by the coffin of her mother who had died in childbirth, in the village of Estonia in 1912. 73 years later, Elviina was one of the best describers of the customs.

Photo 2.
Elviina Jakobson has buried two husbands (one of them an Estonian and the other a Turk) and a daughter called Selma. For her Turkish husband she laid toilet water and a handkerchief into the coffin, for her daughter who was a seam stress she laid her sewing necessities. Aunt Elviina complained to Marika Mikkor that as her graveclothes had been stolen by the Chechens during the Abkhazian-Georgian war, she could not die.
Photo Y. Ehrlich 1996.

Photo 3.
Mihkel Puuman's funeral in the village of Sulevi at the end of the 1930s or in the early 1940s. A board is substituted for the cross.