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using the lot (throwing lots in a container and pulling a lot, the color and shape of which were of particular importance).
Three oracles had successively operated in Delphi – the chthonion using egkoimisi (procedure that involved sleeping in the Holy place, so as to see a revealing dream), the Kliromanteion and finally the Apollonian, with the laurel.
This idea, however, has been challenged by scholars such as Joseph Fontenrose and Lisa Maurizio, who argue that the ancient sources uniformly represent the Pythia speaking intelligibly, and giving prophecies in her own voice.
It describes in detail how Apollo chose his first priests, whom he selected in their "swift ship"; they were "Cretans from Minos' city of Knossos" who were voyaging to sandy Pylos.
Since the first operation of the oracle of Delphi Temple, it was believed that the god lived within a laurel (his holy plant) and gave oracles for the future with the rustling of the leaves.) was the name of the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi who also served as the oracle, commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi.The name Pythia is derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi.Those who discussed the oracle in any detail are from 1st century BC to 4th century AD and give conflicting stories.One of the main stories claimed that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapours rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests interpreted as the enigmatic prophecies and turned them into poetic dactylic hexameters preserved in Greek literature.