Funerals and Culture
• Every culture has different traditions and customs when it comes to funerals.
• With those differences, also brings a an array of foods.
• Priests were presented with a dish of corn cooked with sugar (the corn they say was for resurrection and the sugar….heavenly bliss)
• One of the more eventful wakes, in which prayers are often exchanged for whiskey, snuff, and tobacco.
• The Irish Church tried to ban alcohol from wakes but was unsuccessful.
• Friends and neighbors bring a cake or a plate of sandwiches.
• Require lots of Food (Because lots of family members)
• Funerals a huge expense
• Most East Africans only make $1 a day. Funerals are a Major Financial Burden.
• Interesting to note, in another community in Central Province, those attending a funeral take food with them and the mourners have to pay to eat. This is seen as a contribution , rather than a financial transaction of buying and selling of goods.
Funeral Foods in America:
• Southern Funerals: Funeral Fried Chicken and Macaroni and Cheese.
• Funeral Potatoes: a cheesy hash browns casserole. Funeral Potatoes are so common at Mormon Funerals in Utah that they are commonly called Mormon Potatoes.
• In Wisconsin Jell-O salads, potato salads, relish trays and meat and cheese sandwich trays.
• The Amish prepare a funeral pie with raisins.
Flanders (Dutch: Belgium, France, Netherlands)
• Very Salty and Plain Funeral Food.
• Mourners eat Pistolets with butter and slices of cheese, coffee and tea.
• The Dutch also have a Funeral Cake, with the initial of the deceased person on it.
• Made from Caraway and Molasses
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