The Greek Religion and how it affected Their Daily Life

By: Kevin Green
Date: April 21, 1998
Period 5

In this report I plan to show you the misunderstandings of the Greek religion, the practices of the Greek religion and also the rise and fall of the Greek religion in mythical characters.
The Greeks religion was not a highly esteemed one. "Their works in that field are not held highly important. The religion itself has been called paltry and trivial. (The Greek Way). "The reason that people think in this way is because the religion has been confused with Greek Mythology. "The Greek Gods were Homer's Olympians, but the time in the Iliad when the Gods were banqueting at Homer's table making heaven shake with their shouts is definitely not a religious gathering (Ancient Greece no. 1)". Some things to point specific example of the Gods ungodliness that they are tricky and shifty in the way they treat mortals, they sometimes even act like rebellious subjects that have to be kept in line with their Father Zeus.
The Greek is sometimes referred to as Homer. Then the Greeks were not very spiritually connected and they had small amounts of ethical conduct, but there is no truth in this statement at all. "The Greeks religion shows one of the greatest of what Schopenhauer calls "the singular swing of elevation" in the history of the human spirit. It marks a great stage on the long road that leads up from savagery, from the senseless and horrible rites, toward a world stills so very dim and far away that its outline can be hardly seen; a world in which no individual shall be sacrificed for an end, but in which each will be willing to sacrifice himself for the end of working for the good of others in the spirit of love with the God who is love (Rise of the Greeks)." The religion was not developed by priests, nor prophets, nor saints, or by any other set group of men. Unlike Christians the Greek had no sacred book, or place of worship, and no set or special time to worship. For ordinary folk the main motive of religion was to enlist or aid in the anger of the unseen powers. " The Greeks as St. Paul observed at a much later date, were extremely
Superstitious."[Ancient Greece 3]. They believed profoundly in the interpretations of

dreams very similar to the Native Americans. They also used charms and many other things for a good ordinary day. Even public proceedings were much affected by this superstition and most important issues were based on their superstitious beliefs.
Perhaps the most interesting of all these superstitions was Oracles. "The best known of these is the oracle at Apollo at Delphi." [Rise of Greeks] it is believed that the ancient ruins of the God's. Many people would come here to ask the God's advice on various problems. The most famous incident was of a Lydian monarch who was told that is he crossed a certain river he would destroy an empire. He crossed in full confidence to defeat this empire and he did. The only problem was that it was his own empire.
Religion in Greece was not confined to special occasions of crises or troubles. In one way or another it entered into a nearly every different department of life. No Greek would ever drink a glass of wine without first dropping some drops on the ground as a show of respect in the honor of some God. If a gardener were to dig up a coin in his backyard he would offer thanks to Hermes the God of treasure and trove. Before a man would set sail in the ocean he would offer prayer to the God or Goddess of the ocean.
There was one festival and it was called the Apaturia, which was specially related to the ties of a blood relationship. On this occasion families of the clans gathered. Newly born children were often christened at this celebration and sausages were served in large amounts. There were also many sacrifices and pigs were often used as the victim because they were what were called a poor man's purse and for the upper class people oxen were used.