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.