Egyptian temples are to be taken as depictions of the cosmos and therefore as depictions of Egypt. The holy area was surrounded by a wall to keep what was not consecrated out. The god dwelt in the sanctum, the so-called naos, a shrine with one of the divinity’s “indwelling” statuettes therein. Daily a priest attended the divinity and provided the divine image with washing, clothing, anointing and nutrition. The rituals fulfilled each day were to ensure the well-being of the god and maintain the cosmic order.




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