polytheist extractions

Pausanias, Description of Greece 1.34

“Near the temple is the spring of Amphiaraos, which it is not right to use for purification or for washing the hands. But whoever is cured of disease in consequence of an oracle has to throw silver or gold coins into the water. It it said that Amphiaraos arose from it a god . . .  And first, those who came to consult the oracle of Amphiaraos are accustomed to purify themselves, sacrifice to him and to all whose names are on the altars. After the completion of these preliminaries, they sacrifice a ram, and spreading its skin down they sleep on it, and await the manifestation of a dream.” – Pausanias, Description of Greece 1.34


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