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Post  Human on Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:36 pm

Should lustral water be made and sprinkled on the offerings of every ritual?

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Post  Erodius on Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:46 pm

Human wrote:Should lustral water be made and sprinkled on the offerings of every ritual?

It is good to first consecrate offerings, but it is hardly a grave transgression if you cannot.

The purity of the offerer is what is of primary importance; Hesiod wrote, bitingly, that the prayers of those who pray 'with unwashed hands' (i.e. who pray without first being purified) are ignored and spit back at them.

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Post  Human on Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:38 pm

Thank you Erodios, so how does one purify one self? Is it a matter of being clean or a matter of ritual purification or both?

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Post  Erodius on Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:18 pm

Human wrote:Thank you Erodios, so how does one purify one self? Is it a matter of being clean or a matter of ritual purification or both?

It's a measure of both.

Water is the typical means of purification; physically, it washes away material impurities, and abstractly, washes away immaterial ones.

Bathing is typical prior to important religious ceremonies; for lesser ones, simple aspersion with consecrated water is analogous.

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Post  Human on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:32 am

thank you.

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