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(lâr`ēz), in Roman religion, guardian spirits. According to some they were ghosts of the dead, destructive spirits who frequented crossroads and had to be propitiated. Others say that the lares were farm deities, worshiped as fertility powers of the earth. The most common myth, however, identifies them as household gods, beneficent spirits of ancestors, worshiped in close connection with the penatespenates
, in Roman religion, household gods, primarily guardians of the storeroom. Theirs was the chief cult of every Roman household, especially in early times. They were worshiped in connection with the lares and, as guardians of the hearth, with Vesta.
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in the religion of ancient Rome, protector-deities who were venerated in every private dwelling. Their images were usually kept in a small closet near the hearth or in a special small room. It was believed that the lares were present at family meals and all family affairs.

There were also lares who were venerated as the protectors of roads; their images were placed at crossroads. The holiday of Larentalia (December 23) was celebrated in honor of these lares.

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El Grito de Lares tiene una importancia extraordinaria en la historia de America Latina y el Caribe.
Lares was empowered to select a site for the 2009 meeting in Philadelphia.
Milton's own choice of sermon type -- for Lares, a combination of consolation and correction -- was itself unusual (80-83), and Lares proceeds to uncover manifestations of these preaching modes in Milton's publications, including his own combative additions to the Smectymnuan controversy.
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Jose Irizarry, founder and president of the 300-member Lares Coffee Growers Association, contests the government's figures and claims the damage in his industry alone will exceed $50 million.
Lares et Lanates, which opens at the Ceri Hand Gallery in Cotton Street, off Great Howard Street, on Friday features a reception area, breakfast room, guest's bedroom and the private 'back room' of the female proprietor.
Participants will be able to take in the beautiful sights of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, as well as the famous Lares hot springs.
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When I get home, I flop down and see what's on Fox or AXN," says Fabian Lares, an analyst at Espirito Santo Investment.
O sea que en aquellos lares siguen viviendo de las remesas .