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Various Ways Ancient Greeks Used To Communicate With Gods

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Religion was an integral part of ancient Greek society and there were various ways in which the people could communicate directly or indirectly with the Olympian gods. Ancient Greeks could receive messages from the gods though a medium of a priestess or priest at oracles such as Delphi, Asclepius and Dodona. One of the biggest and most widespread ways to communicate indirectly with the gods was to sacrifice a valuable part of the harvest or a healthy animal such as an ox or sheep. Home rituals were also important to an ancient Greek household, as they were a way of communicating directly with the gods and they were performed in many aspects of life such as birth and marriage.
Oracles were used in ancient Greece as a way of the gods communicating with mortals through a mediator; this was often at oracular shrines which the people turned to for advice (Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 1984). All the oracular shrines had a fixed method of divination. They observed signs, movement of birds or even the rustle of leaves. Dreams were also often interpreted and a popular method that was used later on involved the use of an entranced priestess called a Pythia who was interpreted by a priest (Oracle, 2013). The most influential oracle was Delphi, though there were many other oracles that were available to the ancient Greek people and they used many different methods of divination, such as, rustling leaves, rushing waters and reflecting mirrors and also inhaling gases or smoke (Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 1984). The function of an oracle was not to tell the future, but to give advice to the Greeks that asked. Most oracular shrines included a subterranean chamber, yet no trace of one has been found at the Oracle of Delphi (Shrines and Temples, n.d). At the Oracle of Delphi, Apollo was represented by a priestess or Pythia. The priestess entered the innermost shrine where there was a stone which represented the centre of the earth and the priestess would sit on a three legged tripod and answer the questions of enquirers. It was always acknowledged that the response was from Apollo speaking through the priestess (Joint Association of Classical Teachers, 1984). The figure alongside, is an ancient Greek cup depicting a Pythia of Apollo and a priest, the Pythia is sitting on a tripod and holding a bowl and a sprig of laurel, which was sacred to Apollo (Pythia of Apollo, n.d.). Other Oracles in Greece included Dodona in North-West Greece where the leaves of Oaks trees were read and the Cave of Trophonios in Boiotia where after crawling through a subterranean hole, the future was either heard or said (‘These Were the Greeks’, 1979).
To the ancient Greeks sacrifice was a rite of communication with the gods through the mediation of a priest (Crotty, R & O'Donoghue, M, n.d.). Sacrifices were also conducted during festivals in honour of the god or goddess that is being celebrated. During the sacrifice the priest and victims, usually cattle, wore...

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