Funeral Feast

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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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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. And she said to her husband: 'Old man, you had better go out into the fields and find your daughter's body and bury her.' Just as the old man was leaving the house the little dog under the table began to bark, saying:
``We will meet,'' he said to Ivanhoe, ``at Coningsburgh, the castle of the deceased Athelstane, since there thy father Cedric holds the funeral feast for his noble relation.
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."
They eagerly waited for her 10 years but she failed to return in this period, the family members eventually conducted her symbolic last rites in 2008, presuming her to be dead and also threw a funeral feast to the local villagers.
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In 1453 Thomas Lynehouse, of Linthorpe, left his valuable war coat or 'Jack Defense' to the Monks with funding for a quarter of wheat for bread, a quarter of barley for beer and an oxen so his friends could 'have a worthy funeral feast'.
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