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« Reply #1: November 19, 2007, 05:05:01 pm »

Ancient temples were built to some very exacting standards, all of which are deeply rooted in the theology of Egyptian thought.  This is not minor stuff, folks, but a part of the underpinning of the universe here. :}  If we are going to, in any way, be thinking about building sacred sites or mansions for the gods, this is stuff we're gonna need to think on.
This is what the ancients built -- a carefully designed fortification that pulls back through time to the moment of primordial creation, centreing on the god, from Whom order could emanate, spreading outwards through the recapitulation of time and from there into the rest of the world.

(This is from memory -- the book I'm pulling this stuff out of is 'Temples of Ancient Egypt', which goes into more detail about things like the fortification origins of the temples, some more structural stuff, and so on.  The book is .... lemme see if I understand how to make the amazon link, here.  It's a cool book, if you're a GIANT NERD.)

Obviously, building on that scale is an undertaking that's a bit beyond modern Kemetics at this time.

So what can we do that gives respect to the importance of these things, of rooting in the Nun and protecting ourselves, of retreating back through time and into the dark to find the emanation of the god Who holds this place?  What is a scale that's workable and doesn't abandon the hope of building things fit to hold the world together?

LOL - I do own the book so I guess that makes me a giant nerd? But , I haven't read it cover to cover, so maybe only a half of a giant nerd?  I use it more for reference.

You bring up a good point. Financially, the large temples are simply not possible today. I suppose this might present more of a problem for those with an orthodox view though.

I think the temples and the Gods of Egypt were very tied into the land of Egypt. I would even have trouble with the concept of building a "true" temple outside of the land of Egypt.

The old religion and ways were tied into how things used to be.......a pharaoh on the throne, the flooding of the Nile, etc.  Time marched on. It is no longer that way.

Hence, I have a more open view of practicing the religion today.  So, to my way of thinking (not orthodox at all) even though there is a limit to building temples outwardly, if you build your temple from within, there is no limit. This is spiritually speaking of course.

So, I know you were coming from a more orthodox view point, but to me the temples cannot be replicated any more than the old way of life can be, I think there needs to be adaptations. I wouldn't want to live as a Kemetic/Amish so to speak.  Smiley

As more of an answer to your question, I don't think there should be problems building a temple on a limited budget as long as you are true to your beliefs and incorporate them as best you can.  Balancing the ideal against the feasible would take a lot of planning, but shouldn't be impossible.

There are those who would love to see Kemetic temples erected, but I dont think they have to be identical to those of old. After all, there will be building codes and inspections to pass these days and the building materials will be different as well.

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