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Quintus Curtius Rufus, Historiae Alexandri Magni 4.7.23-24

“What is worshiped as the god does not have the same form that artificers have commonly given to the deities; its appearance is very like that of a navel fastened in a mass of emeralds and other gems. When an oracle is sought, the priests carry this in a golden boat with many silver cups hanging from both sides of the boat; matrons and maidens follow, singing in the native manner a kind of rude song, by which they believe Jupiter is propitiated and led to give a trustworthy response.” – Quintus Curtius Rufus, Historiae Alexandri Magni 4.7.23-24

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