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The Sibyls

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:34 am
by Bobinwales
The Sibyls were oracular women believed to possess prophetic powers in ancient Greece. The earliest Sibyls, who admittedly are known only through legend, prophesied at certain holy sites under the divine influence of a deity, the first being at Delphi.

The Sibyl held her rites when people came to consult her, and her acolytes would take a small fee.

All went well until the rulers at Delphi realised that money was slipping through their hands, so told the Sibyl that she could only continue conducting her rites if she paid what amounted to a tax to the rulers.

The Sibyl was understandably very upset at this and decided that she and her entourage would ignore the rulers at Delphi and move lock, stock and barrel to the Hellespont.

This is the first recorded incidence of a Sibyl rites movement.