One night before the Dark Moon, in ancient Hellas, food was offered to the Goddess Hekate by all citizens, in public places. Deipna (or suppers in english) were left in theee ways crossroads (triodos), a sacred place for Hekate. The offerings has two meanings, to calm the Goddess in their favor and to protect her followers. Moreover, spirits and ghosts who were wandering this night could find pleasure. The result of this action was that those spirits would not cause troubles in the city.
Shrine is a table that is used only for one God or Goddess and it is mainly for devotional work, praying and offerings. The altar is for magick and it can have more than one statues and symbols of the Gods. The shrine is decorated only with items that the particular God or Goddess likes. The altar has the tools of Witchcraft and other symbols that are associated with the Goddess.