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Sumbel is a communal event, usually done as part of a feast or ritual. Our blueprint for sumbel comes from the epic poem Beowulf. Sumbel involves passing a ritual cup around to each member who makes a toast before drinking from the vessel and passing it on. The nature of the rounds and the order they’re in vary depending on the sumbel. Rounds may include:

  • A round for Ancestors/Heroes
  • A round for Deities/Powers
  • A round for Toasts/Boasts/Oaths

Sumbel is typically a joyous occasion. How ceremonial it is, what sort of drinking vessel is used, and what kind of beverage is involved all depends on the event.

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