I am reading 'A Dog of Flanders' and here is the sentence that includes the phrase: She had neither brother nor sister; her blue serge dress had never a hole in it; at Kermesse she had as many gilded nuts and Agni Dei in sugar as her hands could hold.

In here, she refers to 'Alois', who is Nello's friend.

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    It seems that you have been busy asking answers.yahoo.com/question/… . I think that this question got nothing to do with English Language. Agni dei seems to be some sort of Dutch sweet typical at Kermesse. Notice that no image of such sweet can be found, at least in the first pages of results from Google. – RubioRic Jun 14 '18 at 9:27

I guess they are sweets made in the shape of lambs:

Agnus Dei: (plural, Agni Dei)

  • an image of a lamb often with a halo and a banner and cross used as a symbol of Christ.

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    As the link shows, Agnus Dei is the singular. The author is using the Latin plural form agni =lambs. – Kate Bunting Jun 14 '18 at 12:26
  • The dictionary definition is for Agnus not Agni, it seems to be a Polish tradition, which explains why I have never heard or seen it despite attending an Irish Catholic school as a child, and having being brought up in an Italian Catholic family – Mari-Lou A Jun 16 '18 at 9:43
  • @Mari-LouA - interesting finding. I’m not familiar with that tradition, too. Anyway there are a lot of different local traditions among people who follow the same religion. They probably date back centuries. – user 66974 Jun 16 '18 at 10:26
  • I don't know.... but speaking as a former Roman Catholic person, there is only one lamb of God. I think the "Agni" is an error committed by the speaker (or author) – Mari-Lou A Jun 16 '18 at 10:28
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    Ha! They have them in Sicily as well... I live and learn something new italyadvisor.co.uk/sicilian-easter-marzipan-lambs – Mari-Lou A Jun 16 '18 at 10:50

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