Traditionally the funeral ceremonies last 4 days and 3 night with certain performances of the ceremony being perform/practice on specific days and time. To be clear, my grandma’s funeral was a shaman ceremony because my grandpa is a shaman. Often we have marriages between Christians and shaman and so, occasionally, there are also Christian mourners along with us. However, the shaman performances still address everyone as if they are shaman. There are some performances that I have seen Christians participate in, not at my grandma’s funeral but at other shaman funerals, and those are primarily the receiving blessing and the overnight stay. It’s important to understand the different key actors in the ceremony. The txiv caiv is the person who sings the songs throughout the ceremony. The txiv qeej is the man or boy who plays the qeej to accompany the lyrics. They are also accompanied by the drummer. Each person has an important role...
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...ays this competition of how much sadness or grief you are allowed to have because of closeness of the relationship with the deceased.
From this analysis of the different performances of the ceremony we see that even though there is more performances that address the living to soothe them, we see a transition from the start to the end of the ceremony. The ceremony starts with the journey home that reaffirmed to the deceased that she is dead and it ends with bring her to her new home and calling her to go reincarnate. Throughout the ceremony the timing of the performances are spaced out that kind of alternatives between addressing the living and the dead. This facilitation of the transition is seen in the ceremony and we can see that with the high number of performances addressing the living that it also thrive to soothe the mourners to accept the transition of death.
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