A libation is a beverage poured out as an offering to a deity, spirit or beloved dead within a ritual context as a form of communion or to give honor and thanks.

Libations vary by tradition. Alcoholic beverages, milk, honey, water and oil are all used as libations.

Libations may be poured into a dedicated container such as a libation bowl or patera, onto a sacred object such as an altar or the statue of a deity, or into the Earth.

In modern English vernacular, the word "libation" is often used to mean beverage, particularly an alcoholic one.

Read More Online

Libation in Hellenismos at HellenicGods.org
Water Libation Ceremony at Jewish Roots
African Libation Practices in the Gospel of Mark at Huffington Post

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