Same gods worshipped, generally with the same rituals, across greek world temples across greece differed very little greeks worshipped by sacrificing animals, offering prayers and singing/dancing making sacrifices was the most important ritual: highest offering was a bull but also offered other animals, food and wine. Funerary practices in ancient greece were influenced by contemporary views on the and ultimately to be buried in turn by his own children with due respect from the body but play no further role the corpse which remains simply decomposes and is of no further importance (sourvinou-inwood 1995:61-3, 323- 330. As you walk past the graves in the kerameikos – still visible today – you are treated to a walk through athens' past: aristocratic family burial mounds, democratic mass graves, monuments to those who fell fighting for athens in time of crisis, and individual graves with magnificent grave stele (grave stones) for important. The greeks believed in proper disposal of the body, either by interment or cremation when cremating a body, they would place it on a pyre of flammable reeds or wood and douse the flames with wine when the body had burned after the burial or cremation, other greeks would make sacrifices, leave. Or the tholos tombs of greece) or megalithic stone dolmens, passage graves, and cairns such as those found in scotland and ireland whatever kind of grave or tomb was constructed, however, the importance of the proper burial of the dead was emphasized by every ancient culture and the rites accompanying burial were.
Erichthonios/erechtheus6 nevertheless, several heroines were also important in con- nection with the festival, such as pandrosos and aglauros all the agonistic festivals in ancient greece had their own hero, because they were traced back to some mythical death and burial, ie festival games originated as funeral games. It also provided an opportunity for families to display their wealth and prove their status by staging elaborate funerals and mourning in a public fashion ultimately, the ancient greek funeral can reveal much about the greeks' attitudes towards things like the importance of family and the nature of the afterlife. Textual representation of cremation in ancient greek burial can be found, among other sources, in books 23 and 24 of homer's epic poem the iliad these sections describe the funerals of patroclus and hector, two men killed in the fighting of the trojan war the rhetoric of this text emphasizes the importance of burning in.
From fieldwork in modern greece to ancient death rituals tinos, the most important pilgrimage centre in modern greece laments and burials some preliminary reflections on modern greek death rituals and the gender issue female laments and male burials laments for dying personified vegetation goddesses and. Although it seems as if the amount of discovered terracotta booties is growing, the significance of this ritual behaviour has never been analysed till today the greek archaeological campaign of 1896-1898 in the renowned cemetery of eleusis led to the discovery of an amazingly rich late geometric grave furnished with a.
Greek people didn't like to talk about what happened to you after you died so we don't the most important thing was that dead people had to be buried (see the story of often dead people were buried with a small coin or two to pay the ferryman, charon (ka-ron) who took you across the river styx. Derstand the ancient greek culture in which the mourning of dead had fundamental importance for community, lament and tragedy are inseparable and complementary phenomena lamenting practice of women is by all means closely connected with their traditional power in the context of funeral rites however, lamenting. Funerals could be expensive, so poor but not indigent romans, including slaves, contributed to a burial society which guaranteed proper burial in columbaria, which resembled dovecotes and allowed many to be buried d: a dictionary of greek and roman antiquities, john murray, london, 1875 and.
The greeks attached great importance to the burial of the dead they believed that souls could not enter the elysian fields till their bodies had been buried and accordingly we find the shade of elpenor in the odyssey (xi 66, etc) earnestly imploring odysseus to bury his body so strong was this feeling among the greeks. Ancient greeks are known for many things: their poems, their plays, their mythology, their philosophers and the olympics some things that aren't as well known include their burial practices ancient greeks believed in gods and the afterlife, funerals were an important aspect of the transition from life to. Though different greek city-states observed different burial rites, rites of remembrance were always considered important civic and religious duties the central concept was the importance of remembering the dead, for if they were forgotten, their souls would cease to exist in the afterlife: a fate considered.
The greeks believed that at the moment of death, the psyche, or spirit of the dead , left the body as a little breath or puff of wind the deceased was then prepared for burial according to the time-honored rituals ancient literary sources emphasize the necessity of a proper burial and refer to the omission of burial rites as an. Funeral practices are accorded high significance in most societies and understanding them hold a key to a much deeper understanding of how those societies functioned these practices tell us how people from centuries past viewed death and after-life, and therefore give us a glimpse into their existential beliefs. Loretta m alirangues (formerly accardo) is the editor of nox, a journal of the night nox was a print zine from april 1993 through oct 1996 (7 issues) it was resurrected as an e-zine in late 1999 the funerary practices series appeared in print (issues 1-4, and 6) loretta and her husband, paul, live in north central new.