Jaunrauna cemetery, Latvia. Image: Laima Gūtmane, Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Historians uncover disappearing metal funeral wreath tradition in Latvia

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.

Read the full article at LSM.