Funeral Feast

Funeral Feast

 

the custom of arranging a repast accompanied by various rituals in memory of a dead person after the burial and also on feast days. It is a custom practiced by most peoples.

In the past, sacrificial offerings were laid on the grave during the funeral feast; some of these offerings were then used for the solemn meal. The rituals accompanying the feast included funeral processions, wailing, and, on the graves of men, contests and military games. Contests and military games were a part of the funeral rituals among the ancient Greeks, Germanic tribes, Slavs, and other peoples. Deriving from this custom are the Christian feasts held on special days established by the church.

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In the meantime the wicked step-mother was waiting at home for news of the girl's death, and preparing pancakes for the funeral feast.
Healthy cheerfulness and good spirits forming a part of the banquet, I could soak my crusts in the fountain with Le Sage's strolling player, and revel in their glad enjoyment: but sitting down with so many fellow-animals to ward off thirst and hunger as a business; to empty, each creature, his Yahoo's trough as quickly as he can, and then slink sullenly away; to have these social sacraments stripped of everything but the mere greedy satisfaction of the natural cravings; goes so against the grain with me, that I seriously believe the recollection of these funeral feasts will be a waking nightmare to me all my life.
Well, of all the funeral feasts on this earth, I suppose the one we are takin' is the queerest.
Aptly, Timon dies offstage, without being reconciled to Athens or to the audience; he dies excluded from life's last feast, the funeral feast.
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The artists are shown sitting in the suite's empty bed frame, using a camping stove to prepare a funeral feast.
It is a much taller post--reaching at least five meters--at the upper end of which one or more jars surrounded by spears are arranged (Photo 10, 11, 12 and 13) It symbolizes a ladder which during the funeral feast acts as yet another aid in the soul's ascent from earth to paradise, to further honor the deceased.
The find is a complete chariot containing the skeleton of a tribal leader, with the remains of at least 250 cattle, probably slaughtered for the funeral feast.
The food and drink remains, she believed, would have been from the funeral feast "She asked me if I was interested in analyzing the material and I jumped right on it," said McGovern.
That is why over the course of millennia mourning rituals became richly differentiated into liturgy, the lamentations of professional mourners, the funeral feast.
RICH in expensive ceramics and containing the remnants of a funeral feast, the grave was found with 30 other graves, away from the rich, in an area of exclusion, which included prostitutes, criminals, actors and slaves.
I really enjoyed the article on reproducing King Midas' funeral feast.