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Sincerely or not Hospitality works in many ways To most Homers Odyssey is epic poetry about war and heroes gods and mortals and it is to the untrained reader However Homers poetry tells us something more about the culture of the people during those times He shows us what power the hospitality that is given holds In Homers The Odyssey Odysseus is welcomed in the most magnificent of manners almost from start to finish The welcomes he receives are fit for a king consisting of feasts and gifts even when his visits were without warning Hospitality is something cherished by the people of Homeric times in Book X of The Odyssey it is used to show a warm welcome as a tool of trickery and as mistrusting bait for onlookers In the Homeric culture hospitality is more than just a warm welcome It is a special bond between families that have done such things for generations This is shown early on in Book X when Aeolus a family friend of Odysseus allows Odysseus to stay for an entire month To this city of theirs we came their splendid palace and Aeolus hosted me one entire month 10 16-18 This warm welcome was followed by all the necessary gifts for Odysseus to make it home including the bag of winds The final bit of good fortune was to make the wind from the west howl in order to speed the trip up and blow him ion the direction of Ithaca This example shows hospitality in its general form as a warm welcome featuring gifts and joyous behaviors Later in Book X we see the dark side of hospitality This is when Odysseus travels to the land of Circe where is met with a seemingly warm welcome He is wooed by charm that is false only portrayed to seduce travelers into Circes community suddenly she struck
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