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By Fritz Graf

ISBN-10: 0203581717

ISBN-13: 9780203581711

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2000
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Fritz Graf the following offers a survey of a god as soon as regarded as the main robust of gods, and in a position to nice wrath should still he be crossed: Apollo the sunlight god.

From his first attestations in Homer, during the complicated query of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the competition among Apollo and Dionysos in 19th and twentieth-century considering, Graf examines Greek faith and fable to supply a whole account of Apollo within the historical world.

For scholars of Greek faith and tradition, of fantasy and legend, and within the fields of artwork and literature, Apollo will offer an informative and enlightening advent to this robust determine from the previous.

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Fritz Graf right here offers a survey of a god as soon as regarded as the main strong of gods, and in a position to nice wrath should still he be crossed: Apollo the sunlight god.

From his first attestations in Homer, in the course of the complicated query of pre-Homeric Apollo, to the competition among Apollo and Dionysos in 19th and twentieth-century pondering, Graf examines Greek faith and fantasy to supply a whole account of Apollo within the historic world.

For scholars of Greek faith and tradition, of fantasy and legend, and within the fields of paintings and literature, Apollo will supply an informative and enlightening advent to this strong determine from the earlier.

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These men, who are all professionals and whose position is hereditary, were respected even by the King—before whom, however, they were never permitted to appear—since the gravedigger not only digs the grave, but washes the corpse, dresses and buries it. They do no other work, except when the dokpwegfy calls them to do their share of the communal labor. They may not leave the country, nor sleep without a roof over their heads. In still another category come the makers of stools—"for without stools people could not sit down"—and the makers of the figurines for the shrines to the gods, both of these being highly respected.

I n the main, it is the smaller domesticated animals that are raised, though their presence is only incidental to the principal occupations of their owners. Chickens are found everywhere, and, less prevalently, ducks and domesticated guinea-hens. Sheep, goats and pigs are all used for food and figure in religious ceremonials of one kind and another or in the sib mythologies, which would seem to indicate that they have a deep-rooted place in Dahomean culture. Thus, rams, sheep and goats are sacrificed for the gods of the Sky and Thunder pantheons, while chickens, which constitute the most common form of sacrifice are given to almost all gods and spirits.

The story is told of a man whose house may still be seen in Abomey who, being ambitious, was cultivating his fields on this day, when a bolt of lightning struck and killed him. Abstaining from work in the fields on Mioxi is held by Dahomean tradition to have originated from the fact that in ancient days a great battle was fought on this day between two groups of Dahomeans. When the two factions became reconciled, they took an oath that neither they nor their descendants would work the fields on the day that witnessed such bloodshed.

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