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V.0-But does such hospitality transpire due to the kindness of one’s heart and pure generosity? Or supposedly, out of fear? And why was Xenia so prevalent during that time?
Are you truly kind?
Well, the Greeks had established their beliefs on the basis of numerous gods, while actively shown to implement this convention of hospitality, which was known as Xenia, as a part of their ideology’s obligations. Also, during the ancient times, when travellers arrived on foreign lands, public services that can be found in hotels/motels, were absent as well, and so, the obligation of hospitality was the only way that travellers would receive the necessities to survive.
Should I let you in my house
Yes The gods wish it and there is no alternative
V.O-Moreover, the ancient Greek epic poem, “The Odyssey,” attributed by Homer, shows the struggles of the perpetual journey that the greek hero Odysseus is in encircled with, through the perturbation that he continues to endure. However, hospitality is repeatedly presented and offered towards Odysseus, especially in Book 10, where King Aeolus offers and provides assistance to Odysseus and his crew. Infact, numerous provisions are offered: such as feasts, clothes, and a bag of wind to sail them safely to their long-awaited home, thus, allowing for the safety and protection of the guests: Odysseus and his crew.
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