Pool of Lotus: Magical Reflections on New Egyptian Spirituality
Out of the deeps rises the mysterious lotus. Stop in for refreshment, heka, and reflections from the sacred waters of ancient Egypt.
What Is Remembered Lives
Mummies, shabtis, stelae, amulets and more greeted us as we entered the beautiful Carlos Museum on the campus of Emory University last week (in the Atlanta area). Several Pagan friends have urged me to visit the museum over the years and I finally had the opportunity. Their enthusiasm was not unfounded. The collection of ancient Near Eastern artifacts is a fine one, the presentation every bit as impressive as, for example, the Metropolitan Museum Sackler Wing in New York City.
Now that I can read a bit of hieroglyphs, I was like a child with a new box of Lego-blocks, eagerly trying out my new learning of this very old language. As an art history major in college, a museum is a feast that I drink in like a glutton. As an neo-Egyptian Pagan, I find myself sighing with deep contentment, that feeling of coming home to somewhere I’ve never been yet know intimately in my inner self.
I share here a few photos we took. My favorite item, however, is an ugly lump of dried black mud – a ritual figure of Osiris made from Nile sediment for the annual mysteries ritual at Abydos. A friend says she has seen one in another museum with ancient dried up sprouts still poking out of the mud. If you decide to visit the Carlos, you’ll also find a nice Greco-Roman section, some Assyrian pieces, and an African gallery.
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