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Later myths stated that Phoebe or Themis had "given" the site to Apollo, rationalizing its seizure by priests of the new god, but presumably, having to retain the priestesses of the original oracle because of the long tradition.Apparently Poseidon was mollified by the gift of a new site in Troizen.Excited by his discovery he shared it with nearby villagers.

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.

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.

A shrine was erected at the site, where people began worshiping in the late Bronze Age, by 1600 BC.

After the deaths of a number of men, the villagers chose a single young woman as the liaison for the divine inspirations. the office of the oracle was initially possessed by the goddesses Themis and Phoebe, and the site was initially sacred to Gaia.

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