A beggars homage, but for whom?

Beggars hommage.jpgSeen by the riverside close to where I live, it seemed an oddly small memorial rite, to some unknown person. Memorial rites are signified by a pair of incense sticks, candles and offerings of food. I saw all three hallmarks, but in perhaps what equates to a local, simplified tradition. An analogy might be the equivalent of local slang.