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a part of the burial ceremony among the ancient Slavs. The trizna originally consisted of an extensive series of ceremonial sacrifices, mock battles, songs, dances, and competitions in honor of the deceased, as well as mourning for the dead and funeral banquets before and after the cremation. After the acceptance of Christianity among the Slavs, the trizna was long preserved in the form of funeral songs and a funeral banquet. The term was later used to mean a funeral feast.
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