Poseidea is coming up on December 8th, and I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight into what practices took place during this festival.
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His festival observances are not usually distinguished by any especially unique practices. A Ποσείδια, (as any festival dedicated to Ποσειδῶν would be called) would be marked by some sort of special sacrifice to the deity at one or various city sanctuaries, with, perhaps (as with almost any festival) public markets and entertainment of various sorts.
"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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