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Memorial meal of the Slavs followed immediately after the burial ceremony of the deceased. Great importance was given to the dishes that were served on the table.
the Former pagan Slavs worshipped fire, earth, water and Family. Food served at the funeral, symbolizing each of these elements.
There was transported a Millennium ago and learned what food and drinks were on the memorial tables of our ancestors.
how to start a funeral dinner
In the culture of the Slavs believed that the dead man must pass from the world of the living and the world of the dead through certain rituals. So, funeral luncheon immediately following the burial, was aimed at preparing for the transition. Traditionally, the first dish at the Wake was coliva, or kutya — wheat or rice porridge with raisins. This dish was connected with the cult of the earth. It was thought that it symbolizes the land in which the deceased was buried.
After a memorial corner in the menu listed pancakes, symbolizing the sun. But if the round pancakes are associated with the heavenly fire, then folded four times the pancakes were a symbol of the coming of the sun and sorrow. Often pancakes watered poppy milk or honey, wishing that the deceased was a sweet afterlife. Often along with pancakes served buns from yeast dough with the symbols of the pyre.
What happened during the luncheon.
Alcohol (home brew or beer) Slavs symbolized the fiery river, which the deceased must cross to get to a better world. Therefore, alcohol was an integral part of a funeral lunch. Before it starts during the funeral near the grave of the deceased left a glass of vodka covered with a piece of black bread. This ritual called "feeding" the deceased immediately after burial, he was considered not quite dead. By the way, the bread also played an important role, symbolizing the earth and eat the earth. Eastern Slavs kept the bread directly on the grave, but North put a piece of bread with salt in the grave.
the Alcohol was present at the memorial table from the very beginning of lunch. And in the end it was definitely pudding. That from which it was made, depended on the region. Most often the jelly was sour and cooked it with apples, gooseberries, currants, cranberries or blueberries. In some Slavic tribes only cooked milk pudding. It was a reflection of milk river and honey in a small boat on which the deceased fell into the other world. Poured at the end of lunch and beer, sweetened with honey, or sweet Mead.
the Main dishes memorial
as hot on the table, Slavs were served soup made out of cabbage. This dish was publicly available and easy to prepare, so to prepare them for the funeral could even in a very poor family. Along with cabbage soup was served cakes, combining the symbols of fire, life, death and fertility.
the Pies were present at the memorial table is mandatory. As a filling used mushrooms, meat, cabbage, onion or fish. Of great importance was a kind of cake, it had to be closed. Open pies with sweet filling, usually served at the wedding, so at the funeral they didn't have room.
a Memorial dinner is usually held in the house of the deceased. To the table to invite all your friends and family, neighbors and friends who knew the deceased. But it was mostly at the Northern Slavic tribes. Eastern Slavs to the Wake was not invited to sit at the table could be absolutely anyone. The only one not allowed to the funeral Banquet, was unmarried boys and girls. The funeral was held not only in the day of the funeral, but for a second, then performed the ritual "bugene" of the deceased. After funeral meal was held on the ninth and fortieth day, and the anniversary of the death.
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