A Nemeton was the sacred groves of trees, more specifically a natural circular clearing within them, in which the Druids performed religious rituals and worshipped the gods. In latter times the nemetons began to be artificially created. Nemetons were areas that were considered off-limits for the average person, especially around noon and midnight as it was feared the gods may be afoot at these times. Descriptions of nemetons involve large numbers of carved wooden idols to the gods which were said to be covered in the blood and gore of sacrifices and to have a corresponding and extremely unpleasant stench. Nemetons were said to be so spooky that even animals avoided them.