Chapter

A God Says No

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/9780199916405.003.0004
A God Says No

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A god’s ability to say yes implies an ability to say no, the subject of this chapter, which surveys varied negative responses to sacrifice, from refusals to give oracles to spectacular bad omens. The moral and esthetic factors that lead a god to say yes are no less important when the god says no, but are inverted. Just as divine presence is the essence of a positive answer, divine absence is the essence of a negative answer.

Keywords: omens; oracles; rejection

Chapter.  23598 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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