The tradition is for a person that knew the person that died, to pour a small amount of the bottled drink on the ground, and then drink the remainder. The empty bottle is then placed on the ground.
<p> a. The pouring of a liquid offering as a religious ritual.</ul>
<p> b, an act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice (as to a deity)
<p>...In hip-hop culture, libation has taken the form of pouring a small amount of liquor onto the ground in remembrance of ancestors or friends who have died. The liquid is poured onto the ground before the first sip is taken. Hence, the famous quote: "This is for my (dead) homies".
<p>...In some African cultures, especially in West and Central Africa, the libation ritual of pouring a drink or water to the â??Gods of our forefathersâ? is an essential religious and ceremonial tradition. The ritual is generally performed, as part of a ceremony or prayer, by an elder in the village or gathering. The drink is poured out of a native drinking cup owned by the elder or fore-parent, and the cup is made of some traditional artifact such as a gourd, animal horn, wood carving or other material. Although water may be used, the drink is usually some traditional wine (e.g. palm wine), and the libation ritual is accompanied by some traditional incantation or invocation of spirits.
<p>...A libation (spondee in Greek) is a ritual pouring of a drink as an offering to a god. It was common in the religions of antiquity, including Judaism:
<p>..."And Jacob set up a Pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a Pillar of Stone; and he poured out a drink offering on it, and poured oil on it". (Genesis 35:14)