COLOMBIA: Mourning Becomes Shorter

In old Bogota, the customs of mourning were ironbound. Even within the last 20 years, mourning still meant black garments, closed doors, no music, no parties, no entertainment. This mode of life lasted for five years after the death of a spouse, parent or child; three years and six months for a grandparent, brother or sister; two years for a cousin, aunt or uncle.

But times have been changing in the misty capital. Spanish custom has been modified by the influence of the amiable French and the brisk North Americans. Now Colombian Essayist Camilo Pardo Umana has suggested a revised...

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