Because ordinary people were excluded from the rituals of state religion, they found their own ways to worship, praying to images of the gods in local chapels or their own homes. They might drink water that had been poured over divine statues to cure or prevent diseases. Those who could afford it dedicated stelae (slabs of wood or stone carved with prayers) to the deities; some of these were carved with ears, to make sure their prayers were heard. Some went on pilgrimage to temples and made offerings there, quite often of mummified animals. Nearly everyone wore amulets to protect them and bring them good luck and many also used magic spells and charms.
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