LawtonFest 2015: After the Death

Sugar and I are at the Lawton & Allied Families Association Reunion on Edisto Island. The guest speaker is Tim Drake, who has just told us about sin eaters.

The next section concerned after the death. Invitations to the funeral were sent, which is an important part of the process, because the bereaved family had to house and feed the guests, sometimes for days. So, no invitation, no funeral fun for you.

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Another section focused on African American customs. The burials happened at night, with the bodies buried in an east-west position and the eyes facing toward Africa. Before burial, people sat up with the body to protect it from being consumed by wild animals. Hogs were free-roaming and would eat anything, even a human body.
  

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