Jennie Murphy <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>For those of us who are just learning, what's an oracle?
>From the ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA:
Oracle (Latin "oraculum" from "orare", "to pray" or "to speak), divine
communication delivered in response to a petitioner's request; also, the
seat of prophecy itself. Oracles were a branch of divination but differed
from the casual pronouncement of augurs by being associated with definite
person or place...
This is Scott now. The most famous oracle, at Delphi, belonged to Apollo.
Recent investigations of the site suggest that volcanic vapors may be
been used by the Pythia (the primary female seer) to obtain mystic
visions of the future. Communications from Delphi figure in significant
events in pre-Roman history.
Most cultures had oracles of one kind or another. I'm wondering if the
sacred oak groves of the Druids served a similar purpose...
<Scott Robert Ladd>
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