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Author Topic: Patron Gods of Home and Patron Gods of Family?  (Read 2691 times)
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« Reply #2: April 05, 2011, 01:22:56 pm »

"The basics of Religio Romana household worship are simple and easy to do. A "sacred space" is set up in the home, in the form of a household altar or Lararium. At this altar both the deities that are responsible for the home and the patron deities of the family are worshipped. Historically, there are two simple rites done at the Lararium altar each day -  in the morning and evening. During these rites the Gods are honored, and asked to watch over the affairs of the family. The Lararium was of course also a place where individuals could worship the gods privately, and make small offerings to them. In essence, the Lararium is the "sacred heart" of the household, where the positive forces of the gods may be brought into everyday mundane existence"

^ basic example of how household worship is done for us Roman Recons.  Something I am getting confused about is you are suppose to Worship the deities that are responsible for the home and the patron deities of the family.  But then it says its to worship the Gods privately.  Now do you think they are still refering to the Household deities and the Patron deities of the family?

Hello, this thread was noted as a "related topic" elsewhere on the forum - Worshiping Gods as Family Patrons - and so I thought I'd come look. :)

My read on the quote is this: two group rites are done morning and evening as the standard minimum. In addition to serving as the appropriate site for this, the shrine would also be the natural place where people could go independently whenever they felt the need to worship privately one-on-one, over and above the AM/PM observations. The Lararium is the all-purpose go-to place for devotions to the resident beings of honor, both big (group, public, on a schedule) and small (individual, private, as needed).

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