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Building a Shrine to the Dead

Post  AgathonZante on Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:40 pm

How would one going about building a Hellenic shrine and altar to honor their deceased and ancestors? I am looking at a rather small space, so I can't build much.

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Re: Building a Shrine to the Dead

Post  Erodius on Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:45 pm

The souls of ancestors are divine, just as every soul is. They are, consequently, honored much the same as any other minor divinity. An ancestral shrine would customarily feature some representation of one's favored departed ancestors (these were traditionally often in the form of portraits or death-masks), and offerings would be made in the typical manners. Sacrificial/burnt-offering altars might also be dedicated to ancestral souls, just as they are to any deity.

"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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