This case study is based on a Vlach Roma funeral in the village of Kétegyháza (Hungary)
that the authors observed, and which they were able to record on video. The
first part of this article describes the funeral. In the second part, the authors consider
the origins of the funeral customs that they witnessed. These can be found in two
different sources. In part, the funeral customs of the village’s Romanian Orthodox
population and those traditionally followed by the local Vlach Roma community,
living in and around the village, served as a model. However, the funeral in Kétegyháza
was based to a significant extent on earlier Vlach Roma funerals that had been
conducted in this part of Hungary and that had been videoed by the participants.
These videos, which have been made since 1990, circulate amongst the wider Vlach
Roma community and influence the character of subsequent Vlach Roma funerals.