An altar is any structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars are usually found at shrines, and they can be located in temples, churches and other places of worship. Today they are used particularly in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, as well as in Neopaganism and Ceremonial Magic. Judaism did so until the destruction of the Second Temple. Many historical faiths also made use of them, including Greek and Norse religion.
Famous quotes containing the word altar:
“Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.”
—Joseph De Maistre (17531821)
“My generation, dear Ron, swore on the Altar of God that whoever proclaims the intent of destroying the Jewish state or the Jewish people, or both, seals his fate.”
—Menachem Begin (19131992)
“You need make for me only an altar of earth and sacrifice...”
—Bible: Hebrew, Exodus 20:24.