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What is a Libation: Drink Offering to a Deity

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By Morningbird

A libation is a beverage poured out as an offering to a deity, spirit or beloved dead within a ritual context as a form of communion or to give honor and thanks.

Libations vary by tradition. Alcoholic beverages, milk, honey, water, and oil are all used as libations.

Libations may be poured into a dedicated container such as a libation bowl or patera, onto a sacred object such as an altar or the statue of a deity, or into the Earth.

In modern English vernacular, the word “libation” is often used to mean beverage, particularly an alcoholic one.

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