an american question - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Lemonade Stand > Lemonade Stand Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-14-2005, 10:46 AM   #1
Refugee
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: maine
Posts: 1,117
Local Time: 02:53 PM
an american question

for an irish person.

I was watching angela's ashes today
when Oliver dies and they take the carriage down the road to the funeral....what is the deal with the ladies throwing buckets of water in the road?
whats the story behind this tradition?
__________________

__________________
carrieluvv is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 12:26 PM   #2
Blue Crack Addict
 
U2democrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: England by way of 'Murica.
Posts: 22,140
Local Time: 02:53 PM
oh i read that book a few years ago. man was i glad when i got that done.

I don't remember that particular part...but i'd be curious to know the answer.
__________________

__________________
U2democrat is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 03:24 PM   #3
Breakdancing Soul Pilgrim
 
UberBeaver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: the most serious...douch hammer ever
Posts: 20,318
Local Time: 09:53 AM
I'm curous too.
__________________
UberBeaver is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 06:52 PM   #4
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
AngelofHarlem01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Feeling the sunlight on my face.
Posts: 3,214
Local Time: 08:53 AM
Hmm i've read that book and seen the movie a few times, but can't remember that part very well either. only thing i can think of though is are you sure that it was water? any chance they were emptying a bucket of waste? i dunno just a thought
__________________
AngelofHarlem01 is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 06:55 PM   #5
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
VertigoGal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: I'm never alone (I'm alone all the time)
Posts: 9,860
Local Time: 09:53 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by U2democrat
oh i read that book a few years ago. man was i glad when i got that done.
haha...I felt the same way about the movie...the book on the other hand, I loved.

don't know what was up with the water though.
__________________
VertigoGal is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 06:57 PM   #6
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
AngelofHarlem01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Feeling the sunlight on my face.
Posts: 3,214
Local Time: 08:53 AM
you know this may not be right at all cos i don't think they would have buckets of it but maybe it was holy water?? don't think so though...
__________________
AngelofHarlem01 is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 07:01 PM   #7
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
WildHoneyAlways's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: In a glass case of emotion
Posts: 8,158
Local Time: 08:53 AM
From what I remember the McCourts didn't have much in the way of indoor plumbing at one point. Perhaps their neighbors didn't either.

I never get sick of reading Angela's Ashes.
__________________
WildHoneyAlways is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 07:04 PM   #8
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
AngelofHarlem01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Feeling the sunlight on my face.
Posts: 3,214
Local Time: 08:53 AM
yeah most likely just dumping out the waste lol
__________________
AngelofHarlem01 is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 07:38 PM   #9
Forum Moderator
 
yolland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 7,471
Local Time: 03:53 PM
Not familiar with the movie but I do have a very vague, foggy recollection of hearing about this custom in some other context. As I recall, the water is thrown in front of the carriage as it moves forward, symbolically cleansing the path ahead as a final gesture of honor and respect for the deceased.

This is not the most appropriate thread title...
__________________
yolland is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 08:02 PM   #10
Rock n' Roll Doggie
 
DeadMansParty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: South Bay, Ca
Posts: 3,837
Local Time: 06:53 AM
Actually from what I have read, it was kind of a tradition, The water being thrown was the water that was used to bathe the corpse in the coffin , then they would throw it in front of the horse carraige. Mostly the peoples neighbors did it.
__________________
DeadMansParty is offline  
Old 11-14-2005, 11:10 PM   #11
Blue Crack Addict
 
MissVelvetDress_75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: basking in my post-concert glow still mesmerized by the orbit of his hips..Also Holding Bono Close as he requested.
Posts: 25,776
Local Time: 09:53 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by WildHoneyAlways
...
I never get sick of reading Angela's Ashes.
same here.
__________________
MissVelvetDress_75 is offline  
Old 11-15-2005, 12:47 AM   #12
Blue Crack Supplier
 
IWasBored's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 36,505
Local Time: 10:53 AM
dreadful movie. good book. never read tis, though. should i? heard it wasn't as good.
__________________
IWasBored is offline  
Old 11-15-2005, 07:47 AM   #13
Refugee
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: maine
Posts: 1,117
Local Time: 02:53 PM
TIS was really good too........ funny stuff,

Yolland..i think yours is probably the best explanation

yes the title of the thread sucks big butt

im very surprised no irish chimed in with the answer...how disappointing
__________________
carrieluvv is offline  
Old 11-15-2005, 08:10 AM   #14
Blue Crack Addict
 
MrsSpringsteen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 24,994
Local Time: 09:53 AM
I don't know the answer but Frank McCourt's new book comes out today -Teacher Man, A Memoir..he taught high school English in NYC for 30 years

I went to a lecture he gave a couple of years back, he did a book signing too. He is so sweet and funny, he read some passages from Teacher Man.
__________________
MrsSpringsteen is offline  
Old 11-15-2005, 08:50 AM   #15
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
WildHoneyAlways's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: In a glass case of emotion
Posts: 8,158
Local Time: 08:53 AM
Quote:
Originally posted by MrsSpringsteen
I don't know the answer but Frank McCourt's new book comes out today -Teacher Man, A Memoir..he taught high school English in NYC for 30 years

I went to a lecture he gave a couple of years back, he did a book signing too. He is so sweet and funny, he read some passages from Teacher Man.
Things to buy today:

*U2 DVD
*New Frank McCourt book

Thanks for the info!
__________________

__________________
WildHoneyAlways is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com