Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Evils of Beans – Part II

In The Evils of Beans – Part I, we mentioned a tradition still carried on by modern Italians, the making of fave dei morti. These bean shaped cookies are traditionally made for Il Giorno dei Morti on November 2 — … Continue reading

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Sweet Death – Honey in Death Rituals

There is a strong symbolic bond between rites of passage and honey. Ancient documents depict and record the substance being used in marriage, birth and especially in death rites. For many cultures, especially Ancient Greeks, it was believed that, “Life … Continue reading

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Death Cakes

One of our favorite people here at Nourishing Death is kindred spirit, Carla Valentine. Carla recently hosted a “mash-up” meeting of the Clandestine Cake Club and a Death Cafe, where guests provided some incredible, death themed cakes. Carla Valentine is … Continue reading

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Old Shiloh Cemetery Picnic – A 160 Year Old Tradition

Old Shiloh Cemetery, one of the oldest in the state of Texas, continues to uphold a once common practice in American communities – that of an annual cemetery cleaning and pot luck supper. The annual picnic began in 1853 after … Continue reading

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