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« Reply #15: February 21, 2010, 11:33:57 am »

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Here's the post and comments- I'm giveyoulife. It's not locked so it should be viewable to anyone whether they have an LJ account or not, but let me know if you have issues.

What I personally drew from it and sources I was directed to was that the idea comes from folk interaction with the Good Folk, under the assumption that the Good Folk in question were once the gods, and that the folk tradition survived from deity traditions pre-dating Christianity in the area. This is not an idea I adhere to, so the practice really makes no sense for me.
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« Reply #16: February 21, 2010, 05:09:33 pm »

Currently I've got a small bowl of rice and rosemary clippings to Aphrodite that's charging on my altar and I plan on sprinkling that out by the bird feeder so at least that gets recycled.

Be careful with the rice.  It's not good for birds to eat.  That's why people don't throw it at weddings anymore.  It swells up in the birds stomach, can kill them.  I didn't know this until a friend was planning her wedding and I asked her why the bubbles instead of rice. 
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« Reply #17: February 21, 2010, 06:54:24 pm »

Be careful with the rice.  It's not good for birds to eat.  That's why people don't throw it at weddings anymore.  It swells up in the birds stomach, can kill them.  I didn't know this until a friend was planning her wedding and I asked her why the bubbles instead of rice. 

If you cook it first, it would probably be fine.
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« Reply #18: February 21, 2010, 07:45:14 pm »

Be careful with the rice.  It's not good for birds to eat.  That's why people don't throw it at weddings anymore.  It swells up in the birds stomach, can kill them.  I didn't know this until a friend was planning her wedding and I asked her why the bubbles instead of rice. 

yeah, had a feeling .. Snopes says not true.  http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/birdrice.asp
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« Reply #19: March 23, 2010, 12:43:00 pm »

Here's the post and comments- I'm giveyoulife. It's not locked so it should be viewable to anyone whether they have an LJ account or not, but let me know if you have issues.

What I personally drew from it and sources I was directed to was that the idea comes from folk interaction with the Good Folk, under the assumption that the Good Folk in question were once the gods, and that the folk tradition survived from deity traditions pre-dating Christianity in the area. This is not an idea I adhere to, so the practice really makes no sense for me.

Interesting comments.  I don't think I will ever feel right about eating the offered food (much like the kitteh comic), but I couldn't ethically place the food outside for someone's pet to get into it and have something harmful happen to them.  Logically, could the Kindreds eat the offerings physically?  I wouldn't begin to answer...but something does have to eat it.  Maybe the Kindreds have something come along and take care of the "leftovers", so it wouldn't be so harmful if that happened? Or would it?

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« Reply #20: May 07, 2011, 01:18:19 pm »

Interesting comments.  I don't think I will ever feel right about eating the offered food (much like the kitteh comic), but I couldn't ethically place the food outside for someone's pet to get into it and have something harmful happen to them.  Logically, could the Kindreds eat the offerings physically?  I wouldn't begin to answer...but something does have to eat it.  Maybe the Kindreds have something come along and take care of the "leftovers", so it wouldn't be so harmful if that happened? Or would it?

Hrm.

I was among those who disposed of food offerings by placing them outside, but it has been becoming increasingly impractical.

I'm a city girl and i live in a small apartment with no garden- my food offerings were moved to the local crossroad i could most easily reach with my feet, since i also have no car. Libations of wine, oil and milk were spilled to my plans after a certain time.

Still, leaving my offerings in a spot outside withpout having anyone to see is being a problem and my plants' vases has been attracting all kinds of mosqitos so... a change of practice was abviously in order.

While i offer often incense and actions, i did not feel like giving up completely to food offerings. There's something about sharing food and cook for your deities that is much like taking care of your family, i value that too much for losing it.

So now i leaver edible offerings on my altar for a reasonably long time, so said deity can take their life force, and before eating it i say a short prayer where i specify that 'may this food to return to You through my body ' - the working idea here is that anything i leave outside will eventually return to deity through somebody 's mouth anyway, so it might as well to be mine.

But... I must say i don't feel comfortable doing this for anyone but Hekate and Dionysos, two deities I feel closest so far. For everyone else, I just offer incense and prayer. 

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« Reply #21: May 07, 2011, 05:56:11 pm »

That is tricky. From a Hellenic perspective, the offerings are not supposed to be touched after they are offered to gods. The wastefulness is considered a display of piety.

I've always thought the reason for the non-reversion was that what was given to the gods was now the property of the gods and not for us to use/eat/dispose of.  And that, being the garbage of the Divine, it wasn't proper to co-mingle with mundane garbage, if we acted as trash collectors for them.

Which works, in a small country town with few people, where there's room for a separate place for the gods garbage.  Also in large cities with dedicated spaces for divine garbage.  Also helpful when you burn the garbage down to ash, which is much more compact.

Doesn't work as well in modern society, where we a)have a lot more daily garbage and b)generally don't dispose of it at our homes.
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« Reply #22: May 08, 2011, 03:33:02 pm »

Hello!
I decided Hellenic polytheism is the most appropriate religion for me...
It was a long trip, and SO hard decision, that I in the end used divination. I wrote on 12 small papers, names of the all pagan religions that are alive today. I prayed to all Gods for help... In the morning, I picked paper with Greek recon... Smiley
I love it!
BUT, here is my only problem with that religion - OFFERINGS
I just CAN'T leave the food outside!
Since I practiced Kemetic religion, it's very nice for me to eat the offerings, after the ritual.
Question:
Can I eat offerings? Is it wrong? Please answer.
I can't leave apples around my yard, I can't bury them anywhere (it's snow here btw), and especially NO GRILLING!
Also, it's kind of inappropriate for me to "waste" food and take it away.
Thank you in advance.

I had a similar problem when I first started out.  For me, I believe that once something is offered, it is kind of rude to take it away, but since I can't really afford to waste that much food I started offering little bits of things (mostly for the sacrifice to Hestia).  For example, if I have pasta I usually only put one or two noodles on her offering plate.  That way it's not too much of a waste, but the intent is there.  For Aphrodite the offerings are usually things like incense and Hymns and stuff so it is easier to figure out what to do with it.

As for disposal of foodstuffs, I have the same problem.  I live in an apartment with no yard to speak of!  I was told that it was okay to throw the food away, so long as it was in a bag separate from the other trash.

Don't know if this helps or not.  Good Luck!
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