Mauritian weird traditions: Di (Protector of the house)
The cigarette is because our ancestors smoked a lot, the Rum because they couldn't live without it (but eventually died because of it). For the bread, sometimes people put Sardines (fish) in it. The candle is perhaps for them to be aware that their offering is ready.
Now what is this tradition really? As usual, I did my investigation and contacted pandits. The real meaning of this is to feed the animals; the birds, dogs and so on. But they don't eat and smoke right? The original tradition had only food. There were no cigarette, candles or Rum. It was offered as a gift to animals after prayers (pujas, hawan and so on). As time passed, misinformed people started to put whatever they wanted on the banana leaf. And so the story continues...
As far as I know, souls do not need to eat; they are immortal. How can they smoke without a mouth or lungs. And how can souls drink or eat or even how can souls protect you! Stay tuned for more weird Mauritian traditions.