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sacrificing to gods

Postby sinhakumara » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:22 am

A big Hello to all the friends ! I have two questions for my very knowledgeable friends on Greek matters. First one is - What were the various greek names given to the 'ritual sacrifice' of the beasts conducted at the beginning or conclusion of a major event in the course of an expedition ? Secondly - How was the Viscera/ entrails of the sacrificed beast interpreted to be a good or bad Omen ...? Scholars to my aid please......! Sinhakumara. :roll:
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Re: sacrificing to gods

Postby zeugma » Mon Dec 20, 2010 11:51 am

Hey, that looks like a lot of (fun) source language searching!
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Re: sacrificing to gods

Postby sinhakumara » Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:49 am

And mega-curious though I have been all this while, none of my scholar friends have been able to enlighten me on the above subject !! I mean surely somebody would be knowing ! :cry:
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Re: sacrificing to gods

Postby Lex » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:58 am

I don't know anything about Greek sacrifices, but I've heard of the Roman suovitaurilia. It's a sacrifice of a pig (su-s), a ram (ovi-s), and a bull (taur-us). No llamas, thank goodness. Don't know if you'd be interested in that.
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Re: sacrificing to gods

Postby jamesbath » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:01 pm

sinhakumara wrote:A big Hello to all the friends ! I have two questions for my very knowledgeable friends on Greek matters. First one is - What were the various greek names given to the 'ritual sacrifice' of the beasts conducted at the beginning or conclusion of a major event in the course of an expedition ? Secondly - How was the Viscera/ entrails of the sacrificed beast interpreted to be a good or bad Omen ...? Scholars to my aid please......! Sinhakumara. :roll:


Here is an interesting link to ancient Greek festivals that might help you in your search: http://www.fjkluth.com/festival.html
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Re: sacrificing to gods

Postby parjanya » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:24 pm

I may be wrong, but the primary sources about greek sacrifice are scarce (no śrauta sūtra texts here...), and probably contradictory, as most things surely were different according to time and place. So your question is quite naturally difficult to answer. I can only refer you to what my google-fu could find:


Please inform about your advances... it's an interesting subject.
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