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Religion in Roman London was a mixture of native and Roman beliefs. There were also places in the countryside in and around London that contained several temples and even guest houses so that travellers who had travelled there had somewhere to stay.

On religious holidays, Londoners went to the temple of the god, whose feast day it was, to celebrate. There they made animal sacrifices and offered gifts of money, trinkets or figurines of their favourite gods. Their offerings matched how much they could afford to pay. They asked the gods to help them make decisions, be lucky in love perhaps by leaving cheap clay statuettes of Venus, to heal injuries or even to cause harm to someone by putting a curse (defixio) on them.

Each house had a family shrine where the family would have prayed daily and left offerings of food and drink to the household gods in order to keep the house and family safe. They also left food and drink when somebody died as part of the funeral ceremony. The remains of the funeral feast were buried so that the dead person had food for their journey to the Underworld. The dead were buried in cemeteries outside the city wall.