The main objective of this paper is to present and analyze the cultural meaning in “passing away”, its scope is to illustrate in detail how this event is perceived in Romanian culture, especially in the county region we will study about. Each country has its own funeral rituals and is directly interconnected with religion, education, traditional roots that where influenced by geographical location and individual teachings over time.
Our attention was towards our birth place called Salistea de Sus, a village in Maramures County. The doctrine of each religion confirms the “immortality of the soul” and share the same mantra that death is a continuation of life, a transcendence in another existence beyond death. In the Orthodox Christian denomination, the most common religion in Maramures, the doctrine about death is different; it is believed that life after death is still an enigma somehow, but according to tradition is a continuation of this earthly life in another spiritual life, close to God.
Keywords: Maramures, ritual, death, tradition, religion.