Sweet Magic Event Space

10-14-2023 - Crossing the River: Slavic Death and Burial Traditions of Eastern Europe

This thought-provoking class offers a captivating exploration of the diverse death and burial rituals found within Eastern Europe. Delving into the rich tapestry of cultures that shape this region, we will embark on a journey through time, uncovering the profound beliefs, customs, and practices surrounding death, mourning, and the afterlife. We will unravel different aspects of Eastern European death and burial rituals, from the preparation of the deceased for their final journey, to the intricate symbolism displayed in cemeteries.

In this 2-hour class, we'll explore:

  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity and paganism co-existing in death rituals and beliefs about the afterlife
  • Finno-Ugric influence on Slavic pagan burial beliefs and rituals
  • Ancestor veneration practices, and accepting your own relationship with aging and death
  • Folk beliefs and rituals related to death
  • The stages of Eastern European funeral ceremonies
  • Cemeteries, their symbolism and importance as a social and cultural space
  • Modern day superstitions and taboos related to death
  • Literary representations and themes of death and burial rituals in folklore and myths
  • Step by step guide of celebrating Dziady this October

Please bring the following to class:

  • Journal and pen for note taking
  • Any snacks, drinks, or tools you need for feel comfortable



This live, online workshop will be recorded. A replay will be available for 30 days sent out to all registered participants.

The workshop recording may be offered for sale on the Seagrape Apothecary website. By registering for this event, you consent to any use of this recording by Seagrape Apothecary.

Buying this course as a gift? Please include recipient’s email address during checkout.

We use Zoom for online workshops — please have the app downloaded if using a phone.

Enrollment is accepted up until the day of the event.

Technical difficulties on the attendees end (sound issues, tardiness, wifi connection, video cut out, etc.) do not entitle attendees to a refund. We recommend signing on 10 minutes early to sort out any issues.

Seagrape does not offer guidance around computer or Zoom usage, though we do send out a link including instructions on how to use Zoom two days prior to all workshops.

Honor the privacy of others; what is said and shared in a workshop is not meant to share outside of the workshop except for what instructors give permission to share.

When you register for this gathering, we'll add you to a private class mailing list, where we'll send out class materials such as workbooks and recording replays, as well as coven recommendations, before and after the gathering. You're welcome to unsubscribe at any time.

Questions? Email us at events@seagrapeapothecary.com

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