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Ancient Greek Religious Beliefs and its Effect on the Lives of the People
Transcript of Ancient Greek Religious Beliefs and its Effect on the Lives of the People
At the same time, the Olympians regularly directed the fate of human beings.
In Greek philosophy, this concept of a Supreme Law or Ultimate Reality was much more emphasized, often at the expense of traditional beliefs about the gods. Just The Tip Of The Iceberg Even in ancient times the Greek believed everyone had to experience certain things in life. Being groomed to accept this was also a result of Greek culture. (Maybe even to this day the same is true) The Greek believed, religiously speaking, the most important thing to do in life is believe in the gods and perform the proper sacrifices and rituals. This would avoid reprisals both from gods and fellow human beings and encourage gifts from the gods. Greek religion was this-world oriented; any postmortem benefits of religious beliefs and actions were only peripherally considered, if at all. Human Purpose In Life Although the Greeks heavily depended on their Gods to uphold their society, it is evident that they relied on other deities as well. This can be seen through the Greeks faith in a deity, which they called an Oracle. An oracles primary function was to offer guidance and advice. In archaic times, the Greeks sought out the Oracles advice in relation to religious and political aspects of life. They were also used as a mean to seek out the will of the Gods. Sanctuaries were dedicated to the Oracles to indicate their importance. Shrines were also erected for the Oracles and became places of international prestige. Oracles controlled many human decisions about health, sickness, peace, war, colonization, migration, crime and punishment. Overall, the role Ancient Greek religion played in the lives of the Ancient Greek was just as big as the beliefs of anyone else. It determines the life choices, limits, options, opportunities, a person or a group could possibly have in life. The beliefs a person has and how much they cater to them are a big part of a persons life. ANCIENT GREEK RELIGION AND ITS EFFECT ON SOCIETY END NOTHING ELSE TO LOOK AT . PEACE .