Days for cleaning the shrines — as a yearly act of piety

Today and tomorrow are the annual festivals of Kallynteria and Plynteria where in ancient times the Temple of Athena in Athens was cleaned and the image of the Goddess herself was ritually bathed and reclothed.

This gives us an opportunity to clean and maintain our own shrines in an especially careful manner. It gives us an opportunity to be mindful of the sacred spaces all around us as well and to take time to maintain them. These sacred spaces do not have to be formal shrines, but can also be places where we feel especially close to the “lesser” gods of place, the nymphs and other nature spirits.

We can leave offerings to them as we clean our own homes as an act of devotion by our own Oikoi.

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