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Was Hermes originally mortal?

Probably not. According to Apollodorus, [VI. ZEUS CONFIRMS THE DIVINE PRIVILEGES OF HERMES.] And Zeus made Hermes his personal herald and messenger of the gods beneath the earth." It says that ...
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What kind of offerings did worshipers make to Thor?

Blood and poetry. Before I go any deeper, I want to clear up a misconception: Thor is not really a god of thunder. Yes, he does generate it, but his main function is as guardian against the forces of ...
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Is there a specific term in Norse mythology for Odin's self-sacrifice?

Nope. The story is known only through Hávamál, a piece of poetry from the poetic Edda, in which it takes up two stanzas. The relevant here is stanza 138: Veit ek, at ek hekk vindga meiði á ...
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Why thank the person who is cutting out your heart?

This falls under the idea that it is an honor to be a sacrifice for the gods. On film that may be worth looking at is Pasolini's 1969 film Medea. The film opens with Medea's royal family sacrificing ...
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Why did the gods demand Iphigenia's sacrifice?

I've always thought it falls under Frazer's concept of Sympathetic Magic. In Ancient Greek, the idea of the lifeforce is bound with words related to breath or wind: ψυχή (psuke) and πνεῦμα (pneuma), ...
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Is there any evidence of the Ancient Greeks worshipping Zeus's daughter Helen?

We first a crown of low-growing lotus having woven will place it on a shady plane-tree. First from a silver oil-flask soft oil drawing we will let it drip beneath the shady plane-tree. Letters will be ...
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Why did Odysseus not sacrifice poultry?

According to this article by Lee Perry-Gal et al.: The arrival of chickens in Greece likely postdates Homer (around the eighth century B.C.E.), because the Greek poet does not mention this bird, but ...
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Source for claim that white animals were sacrificed to Olympian gods?

Those two sentences are based on the differences that scholars have observed in the ritual practices associated to Olympian and Chthonic gods, i.e. respectively the sky and earth deities. Indeed, ...
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Greek myths centered on self-sacrifice

Prometheus defied Zeus in order to benefit humanity, and was punished harshly for it (Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound) Alcestis offered her life to save her husband's (Euripides' Alcestis) Iphigenia ...
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Did a pagan cult remove the gallbladder of animals before sacrificing them?

My esteemed brother-in-law just emailed me an answer. He wrote: Shalsheleth Haqabbalah may not be as good as a bona fide dead clock which (assuming it is analog) is exactly correct twice a day, ...
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Is there a specific term in Norse mythology for Odin's self-sacrifice?

Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but it looked promising. "Odinn and His Cosmic Cross" (pdf) https://skemman.is/bitstream/1946/27093/1/Thesis%20Final%20Draft%20pdf.pdf The term used ...
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Which ancient cults would cut out the hearts of live animals and offer them as sacrifices?

Out of interest of spreading information, I'm copying here the answer I wrote yesterday to this question on Judaism.SE, with a few alterations: A possible answer: Maimonides on the mishnah states that ...
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Why did the gods demand Iphigenia's sacrifice?

Homer nowhere mentions any sacrifice of Iphigenia, and debate is ancient on whether the “Iphianassa” whom Agamemnon offers as a potential bride to Achilles, at Iliad 9.145 & 9.287, is ...
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Was Hermes originally mortal?

I'm not finding any ancient sources that explicitly mention the issue, but there is a mediaeval text called the Third Vatican Mythographer, written in Latin, and using the Roman names of the gods, ...
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Greek myths centered on self-sacrifice

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus. After Antigone brother, Polynices, king of Thebes gets killed, King Creon takes the throne and orders his people to not bury nor mourn Polynices. Antigone defies this ...
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Greek myths centered on self-sacrifice

Macaria, daughter of Herakles, sacrifices her life in order to save her siblings in Euripides' "The Children of Herakles."
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Is there any evidence of the Ancient Greeks worshipping Zeus's daughter Helen?

Herodotus, in his Histories, recounts the story of how Ariston took his third wife, the most beautiful woman in Sparta, from his friend Agetus, and says that she had been an ugly baby, but her nurse's ...
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Greek myths centered on self-sacrifice

Andromeda agreed to be a sacrifice to save her mother and kingdom, when the queen angered the gods. Fortunately, Perseus saved her. Another story about self sacrifice was Theseus taking a young boy's ...
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Source for claim that white animals were sacrificed to Olympian gods?

The "white" probably comes from Hesiod's Theogony 557 about Prometheus tricking Zeus: So said Zeus whose wisdom is everlasting, rebuking him. But wily Prometheus answered him, smiling ...
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Greek myths centered on self-sacrifice

I'd propose: Hector He could have fled Troy, but stayed to defend his home and family, even ultimately facing Achilles in a battle he knew he could not win. When Achilles drags Hector's body around ...
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What was the Aztec religion's view of virginity?

1950's conservative: While I'm not an expert, from what I can find, the Aztecs had an attitude about sex that would have fit in the 1950's. Virginity was expected of women when they married, less so ...
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Why did the gods demand Iphigenia's sacrifice?

Going from a non-literary standpoint and into a metaphorical one, one could figure it was like the gods' version of making someone walk "barefoot on broken glass" to get what they want. A lot of them ...
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