The spirit of Vedic worship is pervaded by a devout belief in the efficacy of invocation and sacrificial offering.
The word would thus mean the object either of religious invocation or of religious worship by sacrifice.
Physicians to this day head their prescriptions with a sign that originally meant an invocation to Jupiter, but now represents the word recipe.
Percival, The Invocation of Saints (London, 1896); A.
The goddess sometimes appears with doves, as uranic, at others with snakes, as chthonic. In the ritual fetishes, often of miniature form, played a great part: all sorts of plants and animals were sacred: sacrifice (not burnt, and human very doubtful), dedication of all sorts of offerings and simulacra, invocation, &c., were practised.