The Cult of Helios
One of the minor ruins of ancient Greece is the altar to the sun god, Helios, at Corinth. Here the devout were entreated to peer through exterior windows into the Black Box, a darkened room divided into smaller chambers. In some of these chambers, priests placed glowing embers, perfectly spherical to represent the sun. In others, they placed polished, semi-reflective shields. Historians have been unable to decipher the mysterious numbers carved beneath the windows, but the writings of the period suggest that they were to help followers to comprehend the truth that each obstacle placed between the individual and the god diminishes their experience of him proportionally. Modern tourists to the site say that if you listen on the wind, you can still hear the High Priest's monotonous chanting.