Offering


In the field of religion, the offering is the good, be it bread, wine, money or precious stones, which are delivered to a deity or saint of the doctrine, in order to ask for favors or, well, to comply with a long-imposed obligation. This is also the sum of money that is given to priests who are offering their first mass, especially if they lack resources. On some occasions, the offerings are simple gifts, made as a show of gratitude or love towards another individual. This word comes from the Latin “offerendus”, which can be translated as “to be offered”.

The offerings, according to the archaeological pieces found, are objects that were already common in the Neolithic era. Generally, they were artifacts made from stones and metals, with axes and other sharp tools. These were buried or thrown into any body of water, since they were very valuable and criminals could steal and sell them. Similarly, around the Middle Ages, it was common for votive crowns, made of precious metals and stones, votive crosses, hidden within the crowns, and votive chalices, large and beautiful gold goblet-shaped vessels, to be offered to Christian deities, especially by kings and people of great influence.

In ancient Egypt, the series of gifts that were made to deceased people was called an offering formula. This allowed people who were no longer present to participate in the offerings made by the king.