Monday, June 1, 2015

Going out in style

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This elegant carved and painted wood carriage was made in Szarvas, Hungary, in the 19th century.
Would you believe, it was used for funerals!
I'd call that going out in style.

The sign next to it at the Israel Museum says this about the Chevra Kadisha (Jewish burial society) carriage:
Accompanying the dead on their final journey towards burial is part of the tradition of honoring the deceased and is already mentioned in Rabbinic literature as one of the essential deeds "for which one is rewarded in one's lifetime and also earns a reward in the world to come."
Funeral processions were held with due ceremony and the deceased was carried in a special vehicle, such as this majestic carriage from Hungary.

City Daily Photo bloggers are meeting at our portal for the June 1st Theme Day.
Visit and see how they are interpreting today's theme, "Stylish."
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15 comments:

Birdman said...

It certainly defines 'going out in style'. Fine interpretation of the theme.

VP said...

No doubt about the stylish... This is the most original interpretation of the theme I have seen today!

Dina said...

Birdman, glad you agree. :)

VP, thanks but, well, it's not like I had a big choice. Down here in the desert, in the middle of nowhere, where would I find something stylish?

Kate said...

Yes, one must take time out to honor the dead, and this carriage is much better than today's hearses.

Tanya Breese said...

very stylish, beautiful!

Karl Demetz said...

A surprising find for this theme day, Dina, well done !

Birgitta Rudenius said...

Very very stylish :)

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William Kendall said...

Beautifully crafted!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

An amazing find, Dina, very interesting.

José Mendonça said...

Beautiful!

By the way, the new Coach Museum in Lisbon has already opened and I'll try to visit this week. :-)

Gerard Michaud said...

Beautiful
Alice

Abraham Lincoln said...

If you have not seen it yet, it is worth a look to type in President Abraham Lincoln's Funeral to see the outfit they carted him around in. Though he was my cousin and we are related to the same Mordecai Lincoln, I intend to be cremated as is my wife, to escape the increasing costs of a normal funeral around here. Thousands of dollars are spent with insurance companies paying most of the bills for "Life Insurance Policies." I told our insurance agent that they should be named what they are: "Death Insurance Policies" to pay the bills.

cieldequimper said...

I knew it was a herse right away! Talk about going in style!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hi Dina, what a very stylish way to leave this world :) and I must disagree with your reply to VP, I see style each time I visit your blog.

Kay said...

Oh Wow! That is very elegant and beautiful!