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[528] εἰς Ἔρεβος στρέψας, ‘turning them towards Erebos;’ that is, bending their necks downwards, the usual custom in sacrificing to the gods below; whereas in sacrificing to the gods of heaven the contrary was the practice. The words “αὐερύειν Il.1. 459, and “ἀνελεῖν Od.3. 453, describe this drawing back of the creature's neck, which forced it to look up to the skies, and also exposed its throat to the sacrificial knife. Meanwhile Odysseus is to turn away (ἀπονόσφι τραπέσθαι), as though to prevent him witnessing the mysterious coming of the gods to taste of the blood (cp. Od.5. 530).

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