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21:42 Dec 25, 2005
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:funeral baked meat
The couple have lost their daughter and neighbours are respectfully taking care of them, serving them lots of food. “We felt like priest and priestess, receiving the sacrifices of the faithful, which were all handed over with the same sad nodding smile, the same embarrassed mumbled condolences… But it all came too late, the muttered invocations, the promised prayers, the funeral baked meats, for the maiden had already gone to the sacrifice.”
Is this “funeral baked meat” something that is brought to the mourning ones by some kind of British custom (like in Turkey, “helva” – semolina roasted with fat and sugar – is presented), or is it perhaps an ancient traditions – or sth wholly else, like a metaphor for any votive offering?