"They found the people on the sea-shore sacrificing jet-black bulls to Poseidon"
Leading bulls to sacrifice, south frieze of the Parthenon, ca.447–33 BC
Creative Commons AttributionLeading bulls to sacrifice, south frieze of the Parthenon, ca.447–33 BC - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons

An important aspect of ancient Greek cult involved appeasing and honouring the gods with sacrifice and libations. A large variety of animals, foods and liquids were used for these rites. Specific animals were sometimes associated with certain gods, such as black or white bulls for Poseidon.

 

 

 

Sacrifice scene, red-figure cup interior, ca.510–500 BC
Public DomainSacrifice scene, red-figure cup interior, ca.510–500 BC - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons