Devout adapt their rituals to fit life under the coronavirus
In the face of all manner of disruptions and cataclysms, religious practices have adapted and persevered — and the coronavirus pandemic is no different. Across continents, rituals have begun to adapt to a changing way of life.
Here’s a look at some new ways of sustaining old traditions.
Under Jewish law, the body of the deceased must be ritually washed before burial in a smock and shroud.
These days in Israel, the group of people who ritually wash and prepare the body, known as the chevra kadisha, wear hazmat suits. They receive bodies wrapped in impermeable plastic wrappings, which they remove for the ritual and replace before removing again to lower the deceased into the ground.
For Jews around the world, the seven-day mourning period that follows the death of a loved one, known as shiva, is a time when people visit the house of the mourner to pay respects and pray. There’s no easy equivalent. Nonetheless, …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]