On this day the vota, or solemn
promises, would be made to Jupiter in exchange for favors granted. In the
Roman view, the Olympian deities wished no evil upon mankind, but had created
the earth and all its wonders for mankind to enjoy. The Romans prayed with
arms outstretched and in bold voice. They believed the gods granted favors
to those of honor and virtue who deservedly asked for them. The underworld
deities were a different matter, and were fond of causing mischief, but could
be placated with appropriate sacrifices.