Today, we live in the society, where most people do not talk about Death, they whisper about it … or avoid it altogether. It was not always so. Death, as you may know it today, was integrated into our society with the coming of christianity. I believe christianity to be the religion of Death, for this religion is nothing more than a means of enslaving people through fear, and most often it is the fear of Death. This article, however, is not about the religion of christianity, but about the burial ritual of Kroda. The reason I mentioned christianity, is because with christianity, came the christian burial ritual. The Slavic and Aryan ritual of Kroda, which has been used by our Ancestors for countless generations, has been forced out and forgotten. It hasn’t been forgotten by all though, all Slavic and Aryan traditions have been preserved. Now, they are being returned to us by those who kept them secret for all those centuries of Darkness.
Before we take a look at the christian ritual of burial and at our ritual of Kroda, let us first discuss of what happens to the physical body after death. When a person dies, only his physical body in this World of Yav’ seizes to live, his Soul and Spirit live on. If tradition is observed: the Soul and the Spirit either move on to the Higher Worlds, if the person lived according to the Laws and Commandments of Rod; they can also return, and then the process of reincarnation or incarnation takes place; or if the person has been “real bad”, his Soul and Spirit is sent into the abyss of Peklo, where he will be “re-educated” and purified.
Christianity has found a way to not only enslave the physical bodies of Slavs and Ariys, but has also found a way to enslave their Souls and Spirits. And the ritual of burial has everything to do with it. You have to realize, that even after the physical death, the Soul and the Spirit of the person are still attached to the physical body by a “silver thread”. If the physical body is not destroyed and that connection is not severed, and the fire of Kroda is the fastest way to destroy the physical body, the Soul and the Spirit of the person may remain near the physical body until its full and complete destruction by Nature. Such process can take many years in Nature. Christianity, as it seems, found a way to trap Slavic and Aryan Souls (thus preventing them from being reborn) for hundreds, if not thousands of years. If you have doubts, think about the burial ritual today. Relatives of the passed person, unknowingly, do everything they can to keep the Soul and the Spirit of their loved one here, in this World, near the body. First, the body is preserved in a box (a coffin); hundreds of years may pass before that box is destroyed by Nature. That, however, is only half of the problem. The other half, is the burial ritual itself. Relatives, themselves, keep the Soul and the Spirit trapped here for as long as possible. By crying, by shouting, by displaying negative emotions, the Soul and the Spirit are forced to feel attached to this World and cannot leave. Only the physical body has died, the being, the essence, is very much alive and can see, hear and feel everything that takes place after the physical death.
Now, let us take a look at the ritual of Kroda, and how things were done (and are still done in some regions) by all Slavic and Aryan Rods before christianity. Our Ancestors never looked at Death as at tragedy, as at something horrible. Our Ancestors always knew that Death was a part of Life, and no one in this physical World could avoid it; sooner or later all must go through Death. Whenever the person died, even if there was sadness, it never lasted longer than a moment. Relatives were always happy, the ritual of Kroda was a celebration, for our Ancestors knew that our physical World is but one of many Worlds, and that the Soul and the Spirit, after the death of the physical body, moved on to Higher Worlds, where they would be given a new and different Body. The person did everything he set out to achieve in our physical World and moved one (through Death). We do not cry every time a child completes one grade in school and begins another; to our Ancestors Death was no different. If you take a Slavic word for Death and break it down in order to understand its deep meaning, you will get: “a change of measure (dimension)”.
In ancient times, Death was a celebration. A grand celebration was held for the one who had left this World. The family of the passed individual rejoiced, for that individual had left this World and ascended along the Golden Path of Spiritual Development. If there were tears, they were tear of joy. All relative wished only well for their passed loved one.
The main element in the ritual of Kroda is Fire. Fire is the great and purifying force, which purifies Body and Soul. Fire is able to burn the Body to ashes and to rid the Soul of that negative, which the Soul could accumulate in Life. The Soul, as it goes through the burning process, does not burn in agony (as we are told and frightened by most religions), it find itself in bliss and is filled with energy. The Soul certainly leaves for the World of Bogi (Deities) and Ancestors (provided that the person lived his life according to the Laws and Commandments of Rod and all mandatory lessons were completed). Fire burns all other “anchors” to this World and the Soul becomes Divine and Pure.
Kroda is a ritual, where on the outskirts of a forest, out of logs and dry straw, a pedestal anywhere from 2 to 5 meters in height was built. On top of the Kroda (the pedestal) the Body of the passed one was placed, and Kroda was ignited. Throughout the burning process, there were dances around the fire and calls to Ancestors and Bogi, with requests to accept the Soul into the World of Prav’, the World of Ancestors and Bogi. Appeals were made to Boginya of Death Mara and Boginya Karna, who accompanied the deceased on his last journey.
Such a Kroda is able to burn everything to ashes, including the bone. The ashes were then scattered in the wind, the ashes were sent into the bosom of the sacred wind of Sventovid, thereby accelerating the path of the Soul from our World into the Higher World. As a memory, a pillar statue with the face of the passed was either placed in the family shrine or in a fence. For now, it was a kind of guardian of Rod, who would protect the living. If the bones were not completely burned, they could not be buried in the earth. The Soul was no longer attached to them (it was also believed that the Soul and the Spirit were attached to the bone marrow, so the bone marrow had to be completely destroyed), for the Soul ascended with the smoke into the Heavens.
Today, there is a procedure of cremation. Because it is not quite natural, in rare cases can be quite unpleasant to the deceased. In the absence of other possibilities, however, it is quite an acceptable alternative.
Stay true to Slavic and Aryan traditions. When the time comes, send your passed loved ones to your Ancestors and Bogi through the Sacred Fire of Kroda. Slava!
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