Chapter

Prayers and Answers

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/9780199916405.003.0003
Prayers and Answers

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This chapter examines the prayers that form the core of sacrifice, points out the moral and theological requirements that both prayers and worshippers must meet, and lays out the multiple means available to a god responding to an act of sacrifice, from savoring sacrificial smoke to sending good omens via the inspection of parts of the animal victim.

Keywords: victims; hunting; gods; omens

Chapter.  21360 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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