By Adolf Erman
The amount the following translated seemed initially in 1904...The Egyptian faith appeals to a few due to its never-ending number of shape, and the various levels of superstition and trust that it represents; to others due to its early acceptance of a excessive ethical precept, its tricky conceptions of a lifestyles after dying, and its reference to the advance of Christianity; to others back without doubt since it explains beautiful issues expensive to the collector of antiquities, and primary items in museums. F. LL. GRIFFITH. (1907 - translator)
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The usual abode of the god was his chapel, in the last and most sacred apartment of the temple. This chapel was frequentlyrnade out of one single block of hard granite, which surrounded the sacred statue with an impenetrable wall; in front a bronze framework was inserted and fitted with double doors. 39. CHAPEL FROM THE TEMPLE A T PHILAG. ) the great -place as it was called, mas now the spot where the daily ceremonies were conducted. 1 Dumichen, Resdtccte, 34-36; 39-40. RELIGIOUS CUSTOMS OF THE EARLY PERIOD 45 Early in the morning the officiating priest stood in front of the holy of holies and commenced his performance, which in itself might have been completed in half-an-hour, but which must have lasted for hours, as every separate action had to be divided into a number of different actions, and each one of these had to be accompanied by a long speech.
Twice he sprinkled water over the statue from four jugs, he clothed it with linen bandages which were white, green, red, and reddish in colour, he anointed it with oil, painted it with green and black paints, and completed its toilet in other respects. Finally he fed the god, by setting before him a variety of food and drink, bread, geese, haunch of beef, wine and water. Flowers also could no more be omitted from an Egyptian table of offerings than they could be from the dining-table of a noble.
32. PH(EN1X. almost more attracted by this god who moved among them, and could be seen by his worshippers, than by the image which, concealed in the Temple in the holy of holies, was hidden from the eyes of the faithful, and only shown at the great festivals. Eventually these revered animals were recognized as sacred by the official religion, and considered to be incarnations of the Metternich Stela 77. 24 A HANDBOOK OF EGYPTIAN RELIGION god. Thus, in Apis dwelt the soul of Ptah ; and did one of these bulls die he transferred himself to another, and Apis lives cmew.
A handbook of Egyptian religion by Adolf Erman