Funeral Biscuits and Funeral Feasts Foods for Hope and Comfort

Jacqueline S. Thursby

in Funeral Festivals in America

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123806
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134949 | DOI:
Funeral Biscuits and Funeral Feasts Foods for Hope and Comfort

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This chapter examines the tradition of offering funeral biscuits or having funeral feasts in the U.S. It suggests that throughout the world, funeral rites have been a traditional part of behavior associated with responses to the spiritual and sacred nature of death. It explains that like other elements of culture, food serves to affirm identity, strengthen kinship bonds, provide comfortable and familiar emotional support during periods of stress, and gently introduce outsiders to lesser-known culinary worlds.

Keywords: funeral biscuits; funeral feasts; U.S.; funeral rites; death; culture; food

Chapter.  13617 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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