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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:09 pm

Is it an essential part of traditional Greek practice to honor Hestia first and last during each ritual?
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Re: Hestia: First and Last

Post  Erodius on Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:43 pm

AgathonZante wrote:Is it an essential part of traditional Greek practice to honor Hestia first and last during each ritual?

It is traditional in most domestic forms of worship in the Greek rite to begin and end that way.

However, historically speaking, this was not a hard and fast unbreakable rule. Sometimes she would be venerated only at the beginning. In other instances of worship – say, one was going to offer a personal sacrifice at the temple of a specific deity – the person's prayers and veneration would likely be fairly exclusive to that/those particular deity/s.

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