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Malia Palace, the kernos of Malia

kernos of MaliaThe famous kernos of Malia was discovered in the West Wing of the Palace.

This strange object is a round stone vessel 0.90 m. in diameter, with a large hollow in the centre and 34 smaller depressions around it.

You may wonder what it was used for. The place where it was found leads us to believe that it was a ritual offering vessel used in the rites of first fruits.

The worshippers placed small amounts of the first harvest, mainly seeds and fruit, in the small depressions as an offering to the deity, while the hollow in the centre was filled with liquid for a libation to ensure a good harvest.



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