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2018 | 19 | 177-189
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MARRIAGE, BIRTH AND DEATH IN THE BELIEFS AND RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS OF ANCIENT GREEKS

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The family – formerly and today – was the basic nuclear family. The material is too huge, so only three aspects of the family life are presented: marriage, the birth of a child and the death of a family member. In these moments, an important part was the beliefs of the ancient Greeks. On the wedding day, it was watched that all the rituals were fulfilled. For good fortune sacrifices were made to the gods. And on the day of the wedding at night, they wandered with torches for the joy of Hestia and to drive off the night deities. When the child was born, the mother had to perform a ritual purification. But accepting a newborn child depended on his father. If he accepted the child, he walked around the hearth, the domain of Hestia. Death is an inseparable moment in every family. What were the family's duties for the gods and deceased ancestors? They tried to give the grave all the important things, so that the soul would safely go to Hades. The family gave a honey cake to Cerber's dog and an obolon for Charon. In the Greek family religion was important and was an inseparable element in ancient Greece.
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19
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177-189
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2018
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  • Uniwersytet Opolski
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