The death offering was a Barrayaran ritual in remembrance of the dead. A lock of hair or other personal item was burned on the grave of the dead for the peace of the dead person's soul.[1] Before making a death offering, it was obligatory to fast.[2] A public death offering was part of Barrayaran funeral practices.[3]


Cetaganda held a public death offering for the Dowager Empress Lisbet Diagtar, in which priceless cultural artifacts, bier-gifts, from planets all around the Nexus were burned in a nuclear pyre. It is unknown whether Cetaganda had personal death offerings as Barrayar did, or if it was reserved for high-ranking royalty.[4]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Warrior's Apprentice chapters 16,19,21
  2. Mirror Dance chapter 15
  3. Barrayar chapters 12,19
  4. Cetaganda chapter 16

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