Incense-Offerings to the Gods


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Practical ideas on using incense:

Incense:  A Primer with Sources

 

Frankincense, the most ancient resin used as incense:

Frankincense

Glossary of Frankincense in Ancient Greek Religion. 


The history behind a most unusual incense offering:

Gum Ammoniac


Exotic and lovely, this incense offering is often associated with Poseidon:

Labdanum - Αλάδανος


Laurel leaf is the most traditional offering in our ritual:

BAY LAUREL - DAPHNE - ΔΆΦΝΗ


Several of the Orphic Hymns request an incense-offering of manna.  What is manna?

MANNA


When an ancient text calls for a Storax incense offering, what do you use?

Storax


Words associated with the use of incense: 

Glossary of Incense in ancient Greek religion.


A brief article on blood sacrifice and its reflection in contemporary practice:

Burnt Offerings and Blood Sacrifice to the Gods


The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.
Introduction to the Thæí (the Gods): The Nature of the Gods.
How do we know there are Gods? Experiencing Gods.


The logo to the left is the principal symbol of this website. It is called the CESS logo, i.e. the Children of the Earth and the Starry Sky. The 
Pætilía (Petelia; Gr. Πετηλία) and other golden tablets having this phrase are the inspiration for the symbol. The image represents this idea: Earth (divisible substance) and the Sky (continuous substance) are the two kozmogonic substances. The twelve stars represent the Natural Laws, the dominions of the Olympian GodsIn front of these symbols is the seven-stringed kithára (cithara; Gr. κιθάρα), the lyre of Apóllohn (Apollo; Gr. Ἀπόλλων). It (here) represents the bond between Gods and mortals and is representative that we are the children of Orphéfs (Orpheus; Gr. Ὀρφεύς).



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The story of the birth of the Gods: Orphic Rhapsodic Theogony.
We know the various qualities and characteristics of the Gods based on metaphorical stories: Mythology
Dictionary of terms related to ancient Greek mythology: Glossary of Hellenic Mythology.

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