She goes on to say:
This flavourful mixture of wheat grains, sugar and nuts has gathered unto itself a host of ritual functions and meanings. It is possibly of pre-Christian Slavonic origin, but was adopted by the Eastern Orthodox Church and introduced into the cult of the dead. It is offered at funerals, memorial services and on All Soul’s Day to churchgoers, in small spoonfuls on clean paper napkins. Small bowlfuls are afterwards sent to all the neighbours.