Historians uncover disappearing metal funeral wreath tradition in Latvia
Jaunrauna cemetery, Latvia. Image: Laima Gūtmane, Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.
Latvian historians have uncovered a hundred-year old collection of once traditional metal funeral wreaths in the Jaunrauna Chapel attic.
The century old metal wreaths and so-called wreath “baths” are now covered by a layer of dust. Using metal funeral wreaths was long a tradition that was only reserved for wealthy people.
“From a cultural heritage perspective it’s truly a unique collection. The material value is of course symbolic, although in actuality it’s practically nothing. But the cultural heritage value is huge,” historian Andris Grīnbergs said.