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In Roman mythology, the Di Penates or briefly Penates were originally patron gods (really geniuses) of the storeroom, later becoming household gods guarding the entire household. They were related to the Lares, Genii and Larvae.

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In Roman mythology, the Penates ("the inner ones") are the patron gods of the storeroom.
The Roman state had its own Penates, called Penates Publici.
Upon their arrival, the Penates were housed in the Temple of Vesta, on the Forum Romanum.
Penates - LoveToKnow 1911 (1082 words)
In the household shrine the image of the Lar (dressed in a toga) was placed between the two images of the Penates, which were represented as dancing and elevating a drinking-horn in token of joy and plenty.
Intermediate between the worship of the public and private Penates were probably the rites (sacra) observed by each clan (gens) or collection of families supposed to be descended from a common ancestor.
Certainly the worship of the Penates, whose altar was the hearth and to whom the kitchen was sacred, was closely connected with that of Vesta, goddess of the domestic hearth.
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