The Oracle of Delphi

October 20, 2017

Pythia was the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, also known as the Oracle, a role that was fulfilled by a series of women throughout the temple's history.  She is depicted here, seated above an opening in the ground where she would inhale vapors that "provided a divine state of possession," and foretell cryptic prophecies believed to be words of the gods.  In one hand she holds a laurel branch, in which god was believed to live.  In the other is a bowl of water for scrying.  These techniques are still used by modern day muses, witches, and fortune tellers.

 

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