Dumb Supper

Feast of the Dead

© 2009 ~ By Ariana Clausen – Velez

Revised 2011

What is the Dumb Supper?  The Dumb Supper is a sacred rite in which is dedicated to those Ancestors, those who have recently passed over and returned home and a way to communicate with the dead through a silent meal and meditation.  As with Samhain the Dumb Supper’s origins are Irish and Scottish in origin it was a ritual meal that was served during the six days and nights of Samhain, where food and drink [mead to be exact], and if of nobility some of the finest wines that could be imported from Egypt and other countries.

How we honour and venerate the dead is important, we honour them twice a year first during the season of the Black Month’s beginning at Samhain and again during the third day of Spring just prior to the Equinox.  The Spring honouring of the dead is known by the Greeks as Antesherias and by the Romans as Parentales which is celebrated during the days of February 13 & 20 which is ruled by Saturn and is just prior to springs awakening.  Then again in May the Old Roodamas which runs from the 13th to the 15th of May, this is a time when we too honour our Ancestors, by the lighting of the Spirit Flame and preparing their favourite foods for them to dine on during the feast.  In searching for the actual origins of this Feast it dates back originally to the Celtics as Samhain “Summer’s End” and in the Roman to the Feast of Lemuria, some say the Celtic’s feast pre-dates that of the Romans, however, there is no real way to prove this to be a fact.  As with all religions it is a fact that as the people of the lands travelled and settled into new lands, so did that of the religion they practiced and thus blending thier practices and beliefs with that of the land in which they settled.

Today the rituals celebrated during spring time are what are known as Lustrations where a ritual is performed in honouring the dead and thanking them for allowing new life to be born upon the Earth for the coming season/s.

When we prepare for celebrating the Dumb Supper there are many things to take into account, first off who are you/we honouring is it to be dedicated to a specific person who was really important to you and your life?  Such as a special friend, loved one, or mentor.  Yes, and No.  The Dumb Supper is for you to sit quietly with those whom are of your Ancestors during the time in which the veil is thinnest in where you are able to communicate and ask questions via meditation or spirit channelling.  The Dumb Supper can be either for a large group or a small or individual setting/s.  When you begin to prepare for this meal you first seek out recipes that were favourites of the individual in who you are honouring and venerating for your specific ritual, favourite colours, music, place settings a more.  You prepare funerary music to listen to, and if for a larger group you make a compilation of various forms of religion to honour all who may attend.  If for a smaller group or you are performing this as an individual, then you prepare the music in which applies to those persons beliefs who are attending.  In as much you get decorations, candles [white], and prepare as you would for any formal dinner.

Altar Setup is important, as when you are preparing an altar for the dead you must make sure that they all have the ability to see what is going on around them, yes, they can see what is going on.  For a specific altar in where you are dedicating the Dumb Supper to an Individual in who has recently passed you place their photo in the centre of the altar raised above the others.  Placing tokens, flowers [purple orchids], candles [white], and anything you feel they enjoyed.  Then include enough room for you to include the photos of others who may attend to place they photos, tokens, candles and so forth to be part of this altar.  This allows for everyone from time to time during the meal to go up to the altar and say prayers, blessings, and their I love you, and a way for them to speak quietly to their loved one.  Skulls are used a lot on altars that honour the dead.  The colours for the altar are white & black Altar Cloth is best the rest is up to you, make it fun, enjoy and add flavour and colour to the altar.

Prior to serving the meal, the tone is set the blessings are said prior to entrée into the room, or prior to sitting down to the table.  The music is set up for all to listen to and enjoy and then prior to everything make sure it is understood that this meal all must be in complete and total SILENCE.  This is a meal called the Dumb Supper.

Take in the energy and feel the presences of those who have passed on, many do eat the food, though many just sit and meditate and nibble on the meal.  Typically, this can run anywhere from one hour to three hours, this depends of course on the amount who are attending.

Take time to listen, feel and smell, those who have passed over do speak and appear during this meal, as it is their meal.

Inasmuch, the best time to have the Dumb Supper is during the six days and nights of Samhain, the Celtic New Year and the time in which the veil is open and the dead are able to walk amoung the living so this would be for this year starting on the 25th of October and through the 30th then on the 31st through the 7th the Ancient Samhain Ritual is celebrated with bonefires, food, drink, divination, scrying and more.  On the Day of the Dead or Santa Muerte the Dead are honoured by placing food and drink upon their grave sites along with flowers, purple orchids, lilies, etc.  In Mexico, Spain and other Latin countries people dress up and have processions through the entire graveyard to honour the dead during this time.  This is how the dead are remembered and honoured.

Now, to date there are not many paths within Paganism that follow this ritual, it is not a common Ritual for Wiccans, or many others, moreover, those paths such as Voodoo, Voudon, Hoodoo, Santerita

, as well as Spain, Italy, Sicily, Malta, and Mexico as well as Catholics do honour this season.  The Catholics call it All Saints Day, and day in which all who were matyrs, elected, and those who simply are not of the Craft of the Wise are honoured.

We learn many things from the Other World, as well as many of us have travelled there even though still amoung the living, this is a special thing to be one with both realms and to know that we live between parallel worlds is a great knowledge and one in which should be held very sacred to our paths.

Remember those who you love bring them the honouring of lights, food, drink and company with conversation though the mind and always remember to honour the dead.

May each of you enjoy, your Dumb Supper.


Eko, Eko

Eko, Eko Azarak
Eko, Eko Zamelak
Eko, Eko Aradia
Eko, Eko Cernunnos (Karnayna)
Bagabi lacha bachabe
Lamac cahi achababe

Lamac, Lamac Bachalyas
Cabahagy sabalyos

Lagoz atha cabyolas
Samahac et famolas

Harrison writes:
a possible ritual word Basque English original
Eko eho kill, digest, grind
Azarak Azaroac (the) November = Samhain
Zamilak zamariac (the) horse
or) Zomelak (or) zaramat I shall transport thee
Bagabi bahe-gabe without a sieve
(or) bah’gabe

Harrison mentions that “in many a witch trial, the ability of the witches to transport themselves in a sieve is mentioned”. He also mentions that “before the discovery that hay and root-crops can feed animals through the winter, November was the time for the feast which followed the(compulsory) killing of all but the basic stock”.

possible ritual word Basque English original
Lacha laxa to wash
(pronounced either latsa/lasha)
bachabi bachera plates and dishes
Karellyos garallaz with sand
pronounced garalyaz)
Lamac lanac (the) work
Bachalyas Bacheraz with plates and dishes
Cabahagy khoporagei destined for the drinking cup
Sabalyos sabelaz with the stomach, entrails, belly, etc.
Baryolos balijoaz if they went/were to go/had gone
Lagoz lakhaz (with) a full measure/quantity
atha eta(?) and
Cabyolas khoporaz in the goblet/drinking vessel
Samahac semiac the sons
famolas familiaz (who are) with the family
Hurrahya (ritual cry) ***

*** Bodin (writing 1604/1616) reports the invitation to the witch dance
began with “Har, Har, Hou, Hou, danse ici …” Hou was a local deity;
‘Haro’ is called by Channel Islander who asks for justice.

His ‘attempt’ at translation (he claims not to be sure) of the following:

Eko, Eko Azarak
Eko Zamelak

Bagabi lacha bachabe
Lamac cahi achababe

Lamac, Lamac Bachalyas
Cabahagy sabalyos

Lagoz atha cabyolas
Samahac et famolas

is as follows <my addition is in angle brackets>:

‘Kill (the victim for the feast in) in November <Samhain>, kill!
I shall transport thee there myself, without the aid of a sieve
to scour the plates and dishes with sand; work (which must
be done) with those plates and dishes. (We shall meet our
friends) ready for the drinking cup if they shall go (to the Feast),
their bellies full with quaffing from the drinking-cup. O, Sons (of
the Master) with your Families, (shout his praises with the cry:)

I see that Samahac possibly means Samhain. Famolas could mean famous?
I further looked into Basque langueage. Euskara is the language of the Basque people and is an inflected language. The origin is unknown and it is not an Indo-European language. The Basque language developed “In Situ” in the land of primitive Basques. It is considered to be a very old language and was finally written in the 16th century. Because it took this long was it was considered a forbidden language where children and adults were actually punished using the language. Basques were Pagan. Majus are wizards and pagans. Aquitanicus of Southwestern Gaul spoke an ancestral form of Basque.

There is also a Basque Witches song.
Har Har hou hou!
Eman hetan! Eman hetan!
Har Har hou hou!
Janicot! Janicot! Janicot! Janicot!
Har har hou hou!
Yona Gorril, Yona Gorril
Akhera Goiti, Akhera Beiti

Used w/Permission from Toni B, at Traditional Stregheria Yahoo Group.


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Feast of Mongfind i.e. Samhain (so wín)


Many Blessed and Greetings to All this Féile Moingfhinne i.e. Feast of Mongfind, Samhain, and Feast of the Dead. This is the time in which we honour those who came before us, our Ancestors those who came from the roots and earth of the Old Religion and always remembering where they truly came from, what the spirit of family, land, and the heart truly came from, from the land of the dead from the realms hidden inside the veils of the unseen and Greater Mysteries.  Mongfind means one of fair hair or white hair, she is also of the bean sidhe and she was the Queen of Ireland Foras Feasa ar Éirinn FFE 344-351 she was the head wife of Eochaid; he took a second wife, Cairenn, who gave birth to Niall of the Nine Hostages.  Several stories depict Mongfind as an adversary of her stepson. to learn more of her visit Mongfind.

What we know today as Halloween celebrated on the 31st of October is not the original date or name of the day, the original date for what we know and call Old Samhain (originally the Feast of Mongfind) was the 15 of November when inside the constellation Scorpio is at 15° over the Northern Hemisphere.  The 31st of October was the date in which the church gave to our day in a way to stop us from our celebrating and doing our rites, this gave us only two times a year to celebrate as is the case with most if not all of our sacred rite days.  Now, this is the time when the oldest magic of conjuring, divinations, communicating with the dead and doing sorcery to honour the dead.  We now as those who follow the Old Religion at least I myself personally do, do much of the magic for healing and renewal and ask those things of Hecate to manifest in the next year (this being on her day of feast the 30th of November) and if done on her day she will grant your wish for it to manifest one year from the date of your request.  There is many forms of magic done in this time, but do so with a pure heart and be justified in the works that you do, do for only then shall they manifest as you have cast them out to the Universe.

We are of many heritages, cultures, religions, traditions and paths in our lives, ancestors and our personal spiritual journeys, we must all remember that we do not have to agree with each other and how as individuals we practice and believe, but one should respect one another for having the free spirit and mind as an individual to practice those beliefs in which are deep in the heart of each of us and not worry so much about others and how they practice. If we all step up and honour the ways of Old, or honour the Gods and Goddesses, God, Allah, Budda, Orishas or whatever you choose to follow let us remember acceptance towards all humanity and respect one another for individual beliefs.

This Samhain season as with all I am reminded of many things, death, life, change, growth, loss, gain and most importantly the powers of the nature in which not one of us have any control over. Sandy was an evil disaster one in which I know was from the wrath of the Gods and the Mother of the Oceans to remind us who truly has the say over all life. We are mere ants in this world and as descendants to those ancestors who were from the lines of the Old Religion and of the path of Warriors, justice keepers, healers, prophets, readers of the stars, visions of the hidden realms and more we must remember we are here to work together not to harm those who seek our counsel and guidance.

My Ancestors are of the Milesian and of the line of Erimon, cousins to the Tuaha de Dannan, they fought and defeated the magic of the Tuaha to then become the last of the invaders of Ireland, but not before travelling over vast lands masses, and learning the arts of the ancient craft, Mongfind was the head wife of Eochaid the High King of Ireland. Eochaid had two wife’s, Mongfind and Cairenn she was of the family of Sachell Balb, King of the Saxons. Caireen was pregnant with my ancestor Niall of Niall of the Nine Hostages captures of St. Patrick and his sister. Mongfind so jealous of Caireen sought out to prove how much she loved her husband and on what we now call Samhain drank poison to prove her love to her husband and died, hence the beginning of what we today celebrate as Samhain. Originally Feast of Mongfind and originally dated it to have begun at the time of her death circe 351.  Mongfind means fair main. As the Queen of Ireland the people honoured her death and from this is where we today get Samhain the feast of the dead. Mongfind was later turned into a deity and is the known as the Sorcerer of Magic, while Caireen is known as the Goddess who protects children.

This time of year has a much deeper rooted meaning for myself as it is the one time of the year I have always felt most drawn too, the darkest time of the year (but only because it is when the sun sits lower on the earth) when those things that are hidden are revealed and seen. I find that when we understand the meaning of our festivals we better connect to the energy of the season. The Church calls this the season of the devil; the devil never was mentioned in any ancient works that of the Old Ways in any culture, it was only after the Church forced those who lived in the county side to convert was he created by the Church itself. There in honouring the dead is to remember where we came from, our roots and the deepest core of our true heritage. Yes, it is true not all can follow this path and work magic or walk with the dead, it is a path for those whose path it is destiny to wake our fate.

True witches/Witches, Crafters of the Wise, Priests, Priestesses, Shamans, and all such titles of the old have never needed to cover their faces or decisive themselves from being seen by the dead that at this time of the year when the veil is at it thinnest walk among the living to return home and visit their loved ones, miss out on something powerful.

Samhain is a time we honour the dead and all who have given and had their lives taken for us to have the liberties we have today. During this time of the dead as well as the forever living for this is the true meaning of death, in death we live in life we are dead, take time and really give your heart some focus on what this time means to you.  For those whom you have and do love who are no longer amoung the physical realms set them a plate at the table and dine with them in silent, prepare a dish of favourite for them and invite them home.  Place their photo for all to see and talk about them and light your spirit candles for them all.  Welcome them home for in this time they do walk amongst the living Honour your Ancestors and remember them always, for they are never truly dead they are always living just not always there in the physical.

To my family and friends and those who are of my Craft family I shall miss gathering with you all in this year, but I shall see you all soon and we shall celebrate next year in honouring our ancestors.

May all be blessed in the Feast of Mongfind i.e. Samhain (so wín) Blessings, Prosperity and Health to all in the coming year.