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offering

1. a contribution to the funds of a religious organization
2. a sacrifice, as of an animal, to a deity
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Offering

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A sacrifice or gift to the gods. Whenever Witches have a meal, before they eat or drink they pour some wine onto the earth, onto the altar, or into the fire, as a sign of giving thanks to the gods for what they have. This is an essential part of the ceremony of Cakes and Wine, a part of every Witch meeting, although it will also be done any time Witches are feasting together. Offerings may also be made at any time, but they are done especially at the time of harvest to show appreciation for the bounty of the gods.

In some forms of primitive magic, it is felt that an offering is needed in order to bribe the gods to be beneficent. According to Sir James Frazer, offerings of first fruits may also be presented to a king, in his character of god, before the people are at liberty to partake of new crops. The Samoans would present the first fruits to the aitus, or ancestor spirits, and to the chiefs. In Voodoo, offerings of the best cuts of meat from sacrificed birds or animals to the loa, or gods, are placed on the altar.

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More especially we pray thee send down thy grace on Nestor and on his sons; thereafter also make the rest of the Pylian people some handsome return for the goodly hecatomb they are offering you.
The rest, stay all of you where you are; tell the maids in the house to prepare an excellent dinner, and to fetch seats, and logs of wood for a burnt offering. Tell them also to bring me some clear spring water."
Were not the son of Atreus offering you gifts and promising others later--if he were still furious and implacable-- I am not he that would bid you throw off your anger and help the Achaeans, no matter how great their need; but he is giving much now, and more hereafter; he has sent his captains to urge his suit, and has chosen those who of all the Argives are most acceptable to you; make not then their words and their coming to be of none effect.
The offering of a reward like this, if it emanates from the source which I suspect that it does, gives a solid foundation to my theories.
I remember that, one day, when Madame de la Rocheaimard and Adrienne were discussing the expediency of buying our whole piece, with a view of offering us to their benefactress, the former, who had a fine tact in matters of this sort, expressed a doubt whether the dauphine would be pleased with such an offering.
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