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Venues and Offerings

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0002
Venues and Offerings

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This chapter examines the venues and offerings common in acts of sacrifice. The choice of venue and of time often depend on some previous contact with a god, and serve to communicate with the god, as does the choice and handling of the offering. Vegetal as well as animal sacrifices are common, and both kinds are subject to divine requirements that are esthetic as well as moral and social.

Keywords: altar; epiphany; incense; oracles; animals

Chapter.  17021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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