Per Bastemhet

Purification 7

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail His-Two-Eyes-Of-Fire, coming from Sauty (Lycopolis), I do not steal anything belonging to Netjer.

This epithet belongs to Wepwawet whose city was Sauty, now known as Assiut in Middle Egypt. 

The things that belong to the netjeru include their personal items and toilette, offerings, and any other substance you have offered to them for their shrine. 

While this I think would’ve been pretty serious in the past, I don’t think anyone now would have a good reason to steal offerings as we (I assume) give them freely.

One question this brings up is whether you can wear objects that you’ve offered to the netjeru.  I honestly don’t know if we have any evidence of whether there were items blessed by the netjer that the priesthood would then wear, and I certainly don’t know what would occur in folk practice.  In my personal practice, I try to leave for the deity that which I have offered to it.  For example. I offered perfume to Bast and I will occasionally anoint the paws of the statue with it.  Otherwise it stays on the altar.  I would take it up with your deity if you were not sure.

In this purification I will be mindful of that which belongs to the netjeru.

Written by Bastemhet

August 19, 2010 at 5:57 am

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