lectisternium


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lectisternium

(ˌlɛktɪˈstɜːnɪəm)
n, pl lectisterniums or lectisternia
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) a religious rite in which the images of the gods were placed upon couches around a table, upon which was set a feast
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Myths created the divine diet of nectar and ambrosia enjoyed at elaborate anthropomorphic sympotic or nuptial scenes, and festivals such as the theoxenia or lectisternium provided the concrete means of transferring earthly food to heavenly beings (105-09).