In the ancient cultic religions of the Middle East, worship of the mother/child gods was commonplace. Much of that has been syncretized into Catholicism. Making cakes to worship her was a common practice of veneration of female deity. Someone asked if the "hot cross buns" of today (does anyone still make them?) were a modern tie to mariolatry - worship/veneration of Mary and a throw-back to this ancient custom. Thoughts? Further information or ideas?