Religious institutions of great antiquity in Tyre, called marzeh (????, “place of reunion”), did much to foster social bonding and “kin” loyalty. These institutions held banquets for their membership on festival days. Various marzeh societies developed into elite fraternities, becoming very influential in the commercial trade and governance of Tyre. As now understood, each marzeh originated in the congeniality inspired and then nurtured by a series of ritual meals, shared together as trusted “kin”, all held in honor of the deified ancestors.
Source: Phoenicia – Wikipedia