On Altar Maintenance

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     Carmilla said 2 days, 11 hours ago:
    As many of you here are Filyanis, I wonder how do you maintain your altars? For example, when offering foods (not at mealtime, but on the altar itself) do you consume of the food itself after offering? Or when offering fresh cut flowers, how do you respectfully dispose of them once they have shriveled up?

    Also, if you had an image (statue or otherwise) of one of Dea’s forms and it shattered for whatever reason beyond repair, how would you respectfully dispose (it seems almost like an oxymoron considering how unrespectfully people dispose of material these days, but I lack a better word) of the image?

    In amity,
    Carmilla de Rosa

     Lady Aquila said 2 days, 6 hours ago:
    Offering food at the home altar is not a universal practice, but where it is done, the usual method of disposal is to leave it out for wild birds and animals. Likewise wilted flowers can be placed where they will return to the earth. The other traditional method of disposing of things is to burn them, which was originally done ritually. This is seen as giving them to be consumed by Sai Annya. The traditional way of disposing of broken images is also by burning though when this is not possible burial was usual.

    Incidentally the plural of “Filyani” is “Filyani”. Like most Herthelan-style words, the -i form is melinic and plural while the -a form is chelanic and general. Thus “Filyani” = brunette filyani or group of filyani (of either or both genders), while “filyana” = blonde filyana or unknown/hypothetical filyana (of unspecified gender). Filianist(s) is the non-Herthelan-style term.

     Rosamunda Elefarya said 2 days, 4 hours ago:
    Also, the practice of offering food at the home altar is distinct from the practice of offering up food to Dea at mealtimes. In the latter case, of course the food is eaten after it is offered up. The difference I think is that food offered at the altar is a sacrifice whereas food offered at mealtimes is originally intended for consumption and is offered up in order to make it sacred.

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