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Introduction By: Ohana Garcia-‐Isgut The Roman’s Religion was based on Greek and Latin religions. It has many of the same gods, and goddesses as the Greek’s, but their names are different. The Romans were very superstitious and had many sacrificial ceremonies, and oracles. Many of the names of the constellations come from the Romans, slice they believed that the starts were the images of their gods.
NAMES OF ROMAN GODS AND GODESSES APOLLO NEPTUNE BACCHUS MINERVA CERES PLUTO COELUS PROSPERPINA CUPID SATURN DIANA VENUS HERCULES VULCAN JUNO JUPITAR LATONA MARS MERCURY
Roman Ceremonies The religion of the Ancient Romans included elements of primitive beliefs including magic in the form of various charms and ceremonies. The Ancient Roman Religion and Ceremonies included the worship of natural objects, the worship of trees and to some small extent the worship of animals. The Ancient Roman Religion and Ceremonies also included the worship of the household, the worship of the fields and the worship of the state.
Sacrifices The Roman ceremonies were based on the belief that if the Gods and Goddesses were happy then Rome and the Romans would receive good fortune. Sacrificial offerings were therefore made to the ancient Roman gods. And according to the sex of the god/goddess the animal of the same sex was sacrificed. White colored animals were sacrificed to the gods of the upper world and black colored animals to the underworld.
List of Ceremonies Magic The Rain Ceremony of the Aquaelicium The Worship of Natural Objects
The Worship of the Household Gods The Worship of the State
The Worship of Trees and the Spolia Opima The Worship of the Fields
Harvest Ceremony Harvest ceremonies included the ceremony of the Augurium Canarium during which a red dog was sacrificed for the prosperity of the crop; also a ceremony involving a pregnant cow, which symbolized the fertility of the earth. This ceremony was practiced in April. The romans needed the success of the harvest in order to survive.
Magic Believe it or not, the Romans were big believers in Magic. They asserted that humans had the ability to control the natural world including events, objects, people and physical phenomena through mystical, paranormal or supernatural means. They used charms, spells, chanting, sacrifices and various ceremonies in order to control the natural world. Such as ceremonies to produce rain. They had religious festivals where sacrifices, ribald songs, lewd acts were also practiced
The Rain Ceremony of the Aquaelicium The ceremony was designed to produce rain after a long drought. A B by the Pontifices, The ceremony consisted in a procession, headed which bore the sacred rain-‐stone the lapis manalis from its resting-‐ place by the Porte Catena up to the Capitol. Offerings were made to the sky god Jupiter, together with a symbolic ritual of pouring water over the stone.
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