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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 1 (search)
s, who was afterwards displaced by Apollo. See Aesch. Eum. 1ff.; Paus.
10.5.5ff. It is said that of old there was an oracle of Earth at Olympia, but it no longer existed in the second
century of our era. See Paus. 5.14.10. At Aegira in Achaia the oracles of Earth were delivered in a subterranean cave by a
priestess, who had previously drunk bull's blood as a means of inspiration. See
Pliny, Nat. Hist. xxviii.147; compare Paus.
7.25.13. In the l inspiration they descend into an artificial pit or natural hollow and remain there for
some time, absorbing the blessed influence, just as the Greek priestesses for a similar
purpose descended into the oracular caverns at Aegira and Delphi. See
Die Loango Expedition, iii.2, von Dr. E. Pechuel Loesche
（Stuttgart, 1907）, p. 441. As to the oracular cavern at
Delphi and the inspiring exhalations which
were supposed to emanate from it,