This week, Stephanie Lincecum discusses the death wail in her column, Graveyard Guru.
The death wail is a custom attributed to several different cultures that I have been interested in learning more about. Though I did not find a singular “guru” to help me on this quest for knowledge, I hope you’ll allow me to share with you my findings in this column format.
Wikipedia describes the death wail as “a keening, mourning lament, generally performed in ritual fashion soon after the death of a member of a family or tribe.” Examples of this have been found in numerous societies and date back many centuries.
This is a very interesting article, so be sure to read it in its entirety at the Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal.