So I found this big old book about ancient cultures and in it, the typical offering on Crete was blood, wine and milk. Mixed together in a big bowl. The book describes the mix as a symbol for the drink of gods.

It's interesting because I heard that Maasai tribe uses (or used) blood and milk from their livestock as their main food source.

But does this have to do anything with Greek culture? Did ancient Greeks had a similar ritual? Could this be the nectar and ambrosia?

  • It was most certainly NOT nectar or ambrosia. Nectar and ambrosia was the drink and food of the gods, respectively. It was said to taste similar to honey. Not blood and milk. – Andrew Johnson Mar 16 '18 at 14:51
  • When you are talking about Cretan offerings, can we assume you are referring to the Minoan civilization? – yannis Mar 17 '18 at 15:04
  • Similar ritual you could find in Dalmatia villages,but that includes only vine and goat milk,without blood.Something like that you also find in Iliad,XI Book,638-642,Nestores and Patrocles,vine and goat cheese.I think it is the same ritual in other version.Maybe earlier rituals includeed blood. – historicus Mar 17 '18 at 23:26
  • @yannis yes but the book said that the tradition continued even after the fall of Minoa. – Nuloen The Seeker Mar 19 '18 at 5:26

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