Monday, October 24, 2011
The Dumb Supper
A Samhain tradition, the Dumb Supper is wonderful way to honor you dead loved ones. Some of their favorite foods are cooked with love and served to the to the family. The dearly departed are given a plate of food to share in it's life giving essence. If there is room, each of the dead family members can have their own serving of food. I don't have the room so share they must. you are to eat the dinner in silence but I find that rather boring. I would rather talk and sharing stories of the ones I love. Laughter is the best medicine so story of grand adventures with those that have passed are the best to tell.
Stephanie Woodfield, in Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess, explains that the Dumb Supper can be given at any time. The loved ones birthday or the anniversary of their death are wonderful time to share this blessed meal. I like this idea and will be sure to partake in its goodness. I think it would be fun to have special Dumb Supper for any famous people that have passed and you have a fondness for. this would make an awesome party where the guests could dress in character.
However you hold your Dumb Supper, whether in silence or in laughter, I hope it is an experience that is both joyful and moving.
Samhain Blessings, V.
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