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Post  holden1420 on Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:15 pm

Incense is one of the primary forms of offering to the Gods, But I would love some ideas for perhaps some more types of offerings, such as food, drinks and other things.

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Re: Offerings

Post  Erodius on Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:30 pm

holden1420 wrote:Incense is one of the primary forms of offering to the Gods, But I would love some ideas for perhaps some more types of offerings, such as food, drinks and other things.

Of course.

Aside from incense, other customary sacrificial offerings are popana, a kind of simple, sacrificial loaves or wafers made specially for religious use with very pure ingredients (usually flour, salt and water, and perhaps bay leaves, honey, saffron, other sacred spices, and/or olive oil in more elaborate versions). If a formal meal is being served in the home, a portion is customarily set aside first for the Gods. Customary drink offerings would include wine (the usual, primary liquid sacrifice), grape juice, watered grape must, water, milk, honey, and, to Ceres/Δημήτηρ, a kind of barley water blended with honey and pennyroyal/mint. Aside from these, sprigs and/or garlands of certain sacred plants and flowers may be offered, as well as votive plaques or figures (called pinaces) which might have a prayer written or inscribed on them, or might be in the shape of something related to your prayer (for instance, the shape of tokens or coins for prayers for prosperity, of body parts for prayers for healing of sicknesses etc.)

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