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Theoxenia
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1 The Greek ritual of theoxenia (ϑεοξένια/theoxénia; “hospitality to a deity”) was staged as a banquet: a table (τράπεζα/trápeza; Lat. mensa) set with food was placed before representations of deities (statuettes, dolls, symbols); like guests at a banquet, these representations were crowned with wreathes and laid out on couches (κλίνη/klínē; Lat. lectus, pulvinar) – hence the idiom “prepare a couch” (στρωμνὰς στρωννύναι/strōmnás strōnnýnai; lat. lectum sternere, lectisternium). An inscription recording a cultic ordinance of the Anatolian city of…

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Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard, “Theoxenia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_125111>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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