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Feasts, Religion And Burials

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A noticeable tendency in recent scholarship emphasizes the universality of the convivial, religious, and funerary functions among all kinds of associations throughout human history. Indeed, the convivial, religious, and funerary activities are the best attested aspects of the collegia centonariorum. Graveside feasts or banquets held on such religious festivals as Parentalia and Rosalia had strong religious connotations and ritual significance. Such infrastructures such as temples and scholae owned by collegia may serve multiple purposes. Because of the intertwining relationship between feasting, religious ceremonies, and burials, the author treats them together in this Chapter. Religious activities were by no means limited to associations focusing on the cults of particular deities. According to Ausbüttel, about one-fifth of all known Italian associations were directly involved in the funerals of their members.

Keywords: collegia centonariorum; religious ceremonies



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