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Apollo

Apollo  

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In Greek mythology, a god, son of Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis. He is associated with music, poetic inspiration, archery, prophecy, medicine, pastoral life, and the sun; the sanctuary at ...
deisidaimonia

deisidaimonia  

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Although originally the term had a laudatory sense (‘scrupulousness in religious matters’), it is mainly pejorative and denotes an excessive pietism and preoccupation with religion, first and most ...
Delos

Delos  

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A small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, regarded as the centre of the Cyclades. In classical times it was considered to be sacred to Apollo, and according to legend was the birthplace of Apollo and ...
Delphic oracle

Delphic oracle  

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Oracle of Apollo. Its origins are dated to the very end of the 9th cent. bc, and eventually it developed into the most important Greek oracle. It was consulted by poleis (see polis) as well as ...
Greek concept of pollution

Greek concept of pollution  

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Societies create order by stigmatizing certain disorderly conditions and events and persons as ‘polluting’, that is, by treating them as metaphorically unclean and dangerous. The pollutions generally ...
Greek sacrifice

Greek sacrifice  

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Sacrifice was the central rite in Greek religion (see religion, greek), but there is no single Greek equivalent to the English word ‘sacrifice’. The practices we bring together under this heading ...
healing gods

healing gods  

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Disease has always been a crisis in the lives of both individuals and communities; to overcome such a crisis has been a major task of religion. Specific gods became patrons of human healers or were ...
incubation

incubation  

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Ritual sleep in a sanctuary in order to obtain a dream, mostly for healing. Incubation is known from sanctuaries of Asclepius, but also from other healing sanctuaries like the Amphiaraion at Oropus. ...
Ixion

Ixion  

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In Greek mythology, a king punished by Zeus for attempting to seduce Hera by being pinned to a fiery wheel that revolved unceasingly through the underworld.
lustration

lustration  

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Is the performance of lustrum, a ceremony of purification and of averting evil. The main ritual ingredient was a circular procession. The instruments of purification, such as torches and sacrificial ...
Neleus

Neleus  

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Son of Poseidon and Tyro, and twin of Pelias. Tyro exposed the twins, but animals suckled them. Years later, after a quarrel, Neleus leaves Pelias as king of Iolcus and either conquers or founds ...
Peleus

Peleus  

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In Greek mythology, a king of Phthia in Thessaly, who was given as his wife the sea nymph Thetis; their child was Achilles.
Pelops

Pelops  

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In Greek mythology, the son of Tantalus, brother of Niobe, and father of Atreus. He was killed by his father and served up as food to the gods, but only one shoulder was eaten, and he was restored to ...
Penthesilea

Penthesilea  

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The queen of the Amazons, who came to the help of Troy after the death of Hector and was killed by Achilles.
Phytalus

Phytalus  

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A hero associated with the sacred fig-tree at Laciadae in Attica, he was said to have been taught the culture of figs by Demeter. His descendants purified Theseus (see purification ...
pit

pit  

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Dig a pit for try to trap; a common biblical metaphor, as in Jeremiah 18:20.the pit of one's stomach the lower abdomen regarded as the seat of strong feelings, especially anxiety.
plants, sacred

plants, sacred  

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Plants are associated with particular gods by virtue of their special properties of purification and healing (see pharmacology), or because of their symbolic value usually connected with fertility ...
springs, sacred

springs, sacred  

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Not every sanctuary had access to running water, nor, in all likelihood, was every spring sacred. A thing, place, or person became ‘sacred’ by being placed under the tutelage and control of a deity. ...
Thargelia

Thargelia  

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A festival of Apollo held in Athens (7th of Thargelion, late May), some Ionian cities, and their colonies; it belongs to the pre‐colonial calendar (see calendar, greek; colonization, greek). Scholars ...
theodicy

theodicy  

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The part of theology concerned with defending the goodness and omnipotence of God in the face of the suffering and evil of the world. See evil, problem of; free will defence.

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