by Ray T. Malbrough
Throughout the ancient world, people presented offerings to the deities along with petitions and prayers. Most often they were supplicated with a bonfire or flame from an oil lamp. In time, Christianity pushed the ancestral deities into the background. Within the religious systems of Santeria, Condomble and Voudun, people began to worship their gods under the guise of Christian saints. The saints took on characteristics of the pagan deities.