Link – Amazing Offering idea!

A gratuitous sphinx, related in only the most tenuous of ways!

In ancient Egypt, there was a well-established principle that a replica of something could be a magical stand-in for the real item. Tombs contained miniature houses and boats. Even servants- the ushabti, of course.

In temples, the same principle applied. Menu lists of offerings, magically activated, could substitute for real ones if necessary.  Important symbolic offerings like a leg of beef might be too big or messy to wave around, so they carved and painted wooden legs to offer.

My friend Bezenwepwy brought this idea into her shrine with tiny fake glasses of beer, so she can offer some to Wepwawet without having to drink any herself. You can see them, and a tiny loaf of bread in front of the flower vase.

Now my friend Devo has taken this concept even further!

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  • Aubs Tea

    I am seriously digging the representations as offerings thing.

  • Seshathotep

    Yes! I think sometimes other things, like the food, get in the way of our "dedication" and we end up not doing anything. Dedication is one of the most amazing offerings, in my opinion.

  • Setken

    Hmmm . . . this and the posts you mentioned has got me thinking. I have not always been a fan of reversion as apart from anything else my diet is quiet strict. I offer beer as I intuit that this is a God-fave but do not drink it myself. Devo's little collection has started something I think.As I develop my own practice I find myself reflecting on what was appropriate in antiquity not necessarily being so now. Animal sacrifice is a case in point here also – have been watching the series "Rome" and slaughter (of both humans and animals) was definitely the order of the day in that region!