Di Penates

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The household deities most frequently summoned in domestic rites were the Di Penates or Penates.

After a meal, the family put a little onto the hearth fire for the Penates. As a result, they shared a connection with Vesta, the Lares, and the Genius of the pater familias in the “small world” of the domus. The Penates had a secular equivalent, just like other domestic deities.


Cardea, the Roman goddess of the door-hinge


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