National Geographic : 2016 Jul
greece, gods, and the Great Beyond 115 Musicians, a lamb for slaughter, and a woman holding altar utensils appear in this painting of a sacrificial procession. Religious ceremo- nies were among the few public events where women had roles. DAVID COVENTRY, NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, ATHENS Public Worship Shared religious rites united ancient Greek villages and regions. Worship initially was communal, but as people sought meaning in life and hope for an afterlife, they were drawn to cults that stressed a more individual relationship with the divine.