Idolatry, yes!


Yeah, I know. I went for the “SEX! now that I have your attention” headline. Sorry.

But this is a topic many of us still have to contend with when it comes to explaining those images on our altars to some members of the major monotheisms. Especially if you have a rather—ahem—extensive shrine like I do.

If you’ve ever found yourself in that situation, you probably ended up saying sometime like, “I don’t worship the statue. I worship the Deity represented by the statue.” It seems so simple and obvious. And it is. For the most part.

But when it comes to ancient Egyptian tradition, things do get a bit more interesting. As you probably already know, images were extremely important in Egyptian tradition. Images, and most especially the sacred images of the Deities, could become vessels for the indwelling of the Divine presence. Once the proper rites were performed…

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