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If you build the candy cottage, the children will come.
If you build a temple, people will come and, being pagans, they will, of course, bring offerings.
Offerings belong to the god, which makes them (by definition) sacred. So what do you do with them when they begin to pile up?
With consumables, that's one thing. Libations are poured out onto the ground. Token amounts of food are placed onto the earth (but never directly; they should always be placed on a layer of something biodegradable: leaves, grass, sticks). Food offerings in quantity traditionally revert to the temple staff; part of the god's responsibility to his people is to see that they're fed. (Richard Reidy calls this “reversion of offerings.”)
But the non-consumable offerings, what of them?
#13daysofmagic has been a lot of fun! Tuesdays I usually make offering to spirits and my picture is of an ancestor offering I did earlier today.
Yesterday furnished some pretty amazing spells for the challenge, here are jus a few!
"Ancestor offering" by Chas Bogan from Carnivalia.com...
What's the best way to leave food offerings?
Libations are simple: one pours directly onto the ground.
Food offerings, though, are a little more difficult. If there's a sacred fire present, one can burn them, but what if there isn't? It seems rude to lay them directly on the ground. (If I offered you a sandwich and set it on the floor in front of you, how would you feel?) To set out food offerings in non-bio-degradable containers pollutes both physically and spiritually. What to do?