On Sun, 13 Sep 1998 12:58:35 EDT
Paul Kinder <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> There is an interesting book on the general subject. The book
>is: IRISH WAKE AMUSEMENTS, by Sea/n O/ Su/illeabha/in, Mercier
>Press, 1997, translated by the author from his original, CAITHEAMH
>AIMSIRE AR THO/RRAIMH, An Clochmhar, 1961.
> On one page, p31, the author writes: "It is said that even the
>corpse was sometimes taken out to dance!" But there are no actual
>instances recorded in the book, no actual reports quoted.
I had a friend who attended some Irish wakes in London in the 1950s.
He told me that on some occasions they had the corpse sitting in a
chair with a drink in his hand and a cigarette in his mouth.
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