Krikstai-woden grave markers

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Krikstai - wooden grave markers made of one board in the old cemetery in Nida, Lithuania. They appeared in the historical sources beginning in the 16th century. krikstai were planted at the feet. The stick had to reach the grave bed. It was believed that this construction would help for deceased to stand up when the time will come according to their religion. Different kinds of wood were used for male and female. For men, the male tree species -oak, ash, birch were used, and female -linden, poplar, spruce  for women. The paint colour and ornament depended on sex also. Men's grave markers were decorated with carved horse heads and women's with birds. .
Krikstai - wooden grave markers made of one board in the old cemetery in Nida, Lithuania. They appeared in the historical sources beginning in the 16th century. krikstai were planted at the feet. The stick had to reach the grave bed. It was believed that this construction would help for deceased to stand up when the time will come according to their religion. Different kinds of wood were used for male and female. For men, the male tree species -oak, ash, birch were used, and female -linden,...
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