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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:05 am

In what way do we honor our ancestors within traditional ways? Do we pray to them? Offer to them? Or what?
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Re: Ancestor Honoring

Post  Erodius on Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:19 am

The souls of deceased ancestors are customarily treated as minor divinities (daemones) in and of themselves. They are worshipped in much the same way as any other divinity: with prayers and sacrifices.

For average people, the gravesite often functioned as a sort of shrine for the person, while famous and influential people (kings, emperors, military leaders etc) sometimes would have whole temples dedicated to the worship of their souls, in some cases, even while they were still alive.

"O Best of Gods, blest daimon crown'd with fire . . . hear, and from punishment my soul absolve, the punishment incurr'd by pristine guilt, thro' Lethe's darkness and terrene desire: and if for long-extended years I'm doom'd in these drear realms Heav'n's exile to remain, O grant me soon the necessary means to gain that good which solitude confers on souls emerging from the bitter waves of fraudful Hyle's black, impetuous flood!"
-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

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