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I was wondering, what happened to animals that were sacrificed in the ancient Greece. For instance, when Pythagoras created his theorem he made a 100 oxen sacrifice.

Was the sacrifice considered a major feast with the animals eaten in the process, or were they left to rot - To be eaten by "gods"?

If the animals were eaten and the bones were burnt, what happened to the ashes?

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_religion#Sacrifice –  user2571 Jul 11 '13 at 19:50
I've always been skeptical about "eaten by the gods", especially in religions where priests take vows of poverty yet end up well fed... –  jwenting Jul 12 '13 at 5:34

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