Friday, August 12, 2016

Awake: a wake

When someone dies here, a wake is held that can last as much as several days until the funeral.  To keep awake, it is traditional to play music more-or-less non-stop.  Loudly.  The sound of traditional instruments might well carry a fair distance, but music played through loudspeakers certainly does.

Ah, you say, but didn't we write some time that the local utility here usually shuts down overnight?  We did.  So those holding a wake also use a portable generator.

The funeral takes place today of someone who died in the village a few hundred yards from here three or four days ago.   It's been a very long wake ...

Thankfully, we have been able to sleep despite the music, but the quality of the sleep has not been good.   So I'm feeling only half awake ... or a wake ... or whatever.

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