- You get nothing for nothing. The Greeks knew this.
- In order to get something from the Gods, you have to offer to the Gods.
- The Gods, thus pleased, would bestow their benefice.
- Sometimes people would just give a god something small, like a cake or some incense, but sometimes they would give larger gifts like statues, architecture, and personal items.
- One kind of offering to the Gods was an animal sacrifice.
- People would gather together and kill an animal (usually a sheep, goat, pig or cow) near an altar to a god.
- They would then cook and eat the meat together at a feast.
- The bones and fat were burnt for the god as his or her share.
- Whole cities would also give gifts to the gods, like temples and giant statues of them.
- Temples were mostly used to store valuable gifts that people had given to the gods.
- Another way that the Ancient Greeks would honour the gods was through competitions.
- The Olympic games, for example, were held in Zeus's honour.
- In Athens, people competed to write and perform the best plays in honour of Dionysus.
- Processions were also an important part of Greek religion.
- People would walk long distances through cities or the countryside carrying gifts to the gods and sacred objects.
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