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The word oracle in Latin verb means ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering
In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to be a source of wise counsel or
prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination.
the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances
themselves, calledkhrēsmoi (χρησμοί) in Greek.
Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. In this sense they
were different from seers (manteis, μάντεις) who interpreted signs sent by the gods through bird signs,
animal entrails, and other various methods.
The most important oracles of Greek antiquity were Pythia, priestess to Apollo at Delphi, and the oracle
of Dione andZeus at Dodona in Epirus. Other temples of Apollo were located at Didyma on the coast of
Aegean Sea. Only the Delphic Oracle was a female; all others were male. The Sibylline Oracles are
a collection of oracular utterances written in Greek hexametersascribed to the Sibyls, prophetesses who
uttered divine revelations in a frenzied state.
Something interesting for me to consider in the development of my work is the idea of the latin origin - to speak.
There's a possibility to push my idea into something more interactive, maybe using a voice box that I pre record,
and then placing that into whatever product I end up making?
I do think that the oracle idea fits in well with speaking from experience, and the whole idea of trusting the
words of someone a little wiser to the course.
I also think that it's interesting because of how mystical and interesting the history of them is.