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    venusboys3
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    I remember reading an article last summer discussing ancient polytheism. One interesting bit discussed how sometimes idols were draped/covered to punish the god for various reasons… like a bad crop or bad weather or whatever.

    Another bit was about how sometimes, particularly during sieges, the besieging army might openly propitiate the god of the besieged city… as a gesture toward stealing the god’s favor away from the enemy. I seem to remember there was a specific term for this.

    I was hoping to make use of the information for a semi-historical RPG I’ve planning to run.

    Anyway, is any of this familiar to anyone? I’ve done a few searches and can’t seem to get past reams and reams of Christian anti-idolatry quotations… so any help pointing me toward some reference would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Well, of course, right after posting this I found the term: Evocatio, a Roman practice… though I assume the concept didn’t originate with them.

    I still can’t find any reference to draping idols to punish them… deny a god worship.

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