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« Reply #3: November 20, 2007, 12:48:27 am »

An ancient temple was a fortress, walled against the disruptive chaos that might leak into the world around it.  It was a magical support point, pinning down reality in one location, with the spellwork not merely written on its walls but inscribed in the very shape of the construction.  The stabilising influence of the perfectly constructed temple extended to the world around it, helping to hold things in place and maintain ma'at.

How would you go about finding that spot in a foreign country? Or, for that matter, how did they do it back in the day? My part of Canada's got a lot of stable rock plate to build on, but it's a.) not Egypt and b.) kinda stolen from other cultures with other gods.  Sad

The walls were laid out with reference to the astronomical truths of the area, to get the alignments in tune with the cosmos.

Huh Truths of the area? I don't understand.

The sanctuary of the god included a columned hall in which the columns were carved to look like marsh plants, bundles of papyrus, similar things -- plants hearkening to the First Time, the creation of all things on the benben, which was logically speaking a swamp.  I think all non-Amarna temples got narrower and darker, sloping upwards, as one got closer to the abode of the god, seated in darkness on the mound in the instant before creation, constnatly in the act of bringing forth reality from unlight.  (Amarna temples were open-roofed so one could see the actual sun disc.)

Well, who in their right mind is going to build an Amarna-style temple? Wait. Don't answer that...

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.

I've never heard a temple described like that. I like it. Cheesy

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?

I don't think it's workable to do something like this outside of Egypt. It seems really location specific and once you get out of ancestral lands, you've got to consider that the local gods may not appreciate us building something this energy intensive on their lands.

The only alternative I can see is a pilgrimage back to the original temples. Depending on the type of structure you're looking to build (e.g. a decent backyard shed), the same price will get you there and back.

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