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Post  Daedalus on Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:53 pm

I was wondering, how would I go about making a proper altar and offering to the gods.
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Re: Offerings

Post  Erodius on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:02 pm

Rather than reiterate, I would direct you to the Beginners subforum.

There are a few threads there on the topic that may be of assistance to you:

http://olympianismos.forumotion.com/t230-basics-of-shrine-worship

http://olympianismos.forumotion.com/t39-on-domestic-piety

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Post  Daedalus on Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:14 pm

Thank you. have a Cyclops.cyclops 

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Post  Daedalus on Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:27 pm

It doesn't specify how to make the actual offerings.

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Post  Erodius on Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:56 pm

Daedalus wrote:It doesn't specify how to make the actual offerings.
The short essay under the second link should.

If you're still unclear, could you specify on what exactly you're unclear?

By which I mean, do you want to know what to offer? What to do with it? What to do when offering something?


To summarize drastically, anything that is offered to a deity is either a. burned, b. buried, c. broken, or d. eaten/drunk. In other words, it is irrevocably given up in some way. Anything offered to a deity is a one-time thing; things aren't 're-offered' so to speak.

What it is that you do with something, obviously, largely depends on what it is. Incense is burned, as are most offerings in formal acts of worship. Things that cannot be burned or eaten (things like clay/metal tokens or votive statuettes) would customarily be buried, or broken, and then buried (the pits near temples where such offerings were buried in large numbers after they'd accumulated in the temple are veritable gold mines of artifacts for archaeologists and historians). Food items are offered in a few different ways. In very formal worship, a participant would bring his/her own item to offer, a part of it would be burned in the altar fire, and the rest would then be served to the worshippers after the end of the sacrifice in something called an epulum, which would be essentially a communal potluck. Otherwise, privately, food items would either be burned on a smaller scale altar, or would be left at the shrine for a while, and then taken down, profaned*, and then consumed.

*profaning an offering, in this sense, refers to marking it again (usually simply by touching it) after it has already been offered to the deity, to be returned to mortal possession, and so to allow it to be eaten. However, although it has become mortal property again, it still has an inherent holiness and blessing from having been shared with God, and is thus a very special sort of food.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

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Re: Offerings

Post  Daedalus on Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:27 am

You helped me out quite a bit and I thank you for that. But you got me wondering. What would be considered as an acceptable offering?

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