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Old 09-15-2019, 05:42 AM   #2093
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Oh yes. The smoke carried the substance of the offering to the Gods. The symbolism - at least in IE cultures - was that the humans invited the Gods to a common meal. And the Gods repaid the favor by granting prayers. Gift exchanges like that lie deep in the human psyche.
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