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« Reply #23: March 02, 2009, 05:20:49 pm »

If the offerings are food, does that mean that the gods literally take sustenance (i.e., nutrition of some kind) from the offerings?  How do non-food offerings fit in?  Are there acceptable kinds of offerings that are not tangible -- like doing volunteer work?

I'm not up for digging for my books for my actual references on this, but the phrase I'm remembering is "We give so that you may continue to give."

Standard offering liturgy is "May your ka be fed."  This implies that there is some level of shared sustenance going on; I actually tend to compare it to Hindu offering practices where, as the god consumes the energy of the offering, the god's energy is left in the material component, thereby making it Better Food (or whatever).

It is also said (and sometimes portrayed) that the fundamental food of the gods is ma'at, right action, and thus by performing ma'at, one is sustaining the gods.  I would consider food offerings to be, basically, a subset or specific example of right action, an easy-for-people-to-grasp representation of the all-encompassing nature of ma'at.

I would have a hard time considering someone who was not striving to live their life as an offering of ma'at a worshipper of the Egyptian gods.  The symbolic representative offerings are less important than what they indicate one is aligned towards.
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