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ARVELS ARVALS

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 711 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ARVELS ARVALS Or ARTHELS (0. Norse Arfr, inheritance, and ol, AS. Ale, a banquet), primarily the funeral dinner, and later, especially in the north of England, a thin, light, sweet cake, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, served to the poor at such feasts. The funeral meal was called the Arvel-dinner. The custom seems to have been to hold on such occasions an informai inquest, when the corpse was publicly exposed, to exculpate the heir and those entitled to the property of the dead from all accusations of foul play.
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