One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral.‘Jews sit shiva for those who die’
grief, grieving, sorrowing, lamentation, lament, keening, wailing, weepingView synonyms
- ‘A death is followed by a mourning period of seven days, a process called sitting shiva, during which friends and relatives pay visits to the family of the deceased and bring food.’
- ‘My husband and I immediately decided to invite her to sit shiva in our home.’
- ‘Upon hearing the news, the families began sitting shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual.’
- ‘After shiva, my wife went to shul every day to say Kaddish.’
- ‘The shiva was the worst period, the shloshim was very hard, and this stage is bad.’
From Hebrew šiḇ‘āh ‘seven’.
A god associated with the powers of reproduction and dissolution.
Shiva is regarded by some as the supreme being and by others as forming a triad with Brahma and Vishnu. He is worshipped in many aspects: as destroyer, ascetic, lord of the cosmic dance, and lord of beasts, and through the symbolic lingam. His wife is Parvati
From Sanskrit Śiva, literally ‘the auspicious one’.
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