There aren’t any resources, really, yet. I think this is a KRT topic that should go live one day, but hasn’t been written about yet.
So, and forgive me because I am at work and pulling this information based off of memory from the books I’ve read, in antiquity, there were a ton of different priests. The upper echelons had the care of the gods and their statues. This includes thrice daily rituals - morning, noon, and night - to provide for the god: offerings were given, heka was spoken, and a good time was had probably only by the ba of the god.
This just isn’t feasible in a modern context for many reasons. Who the hell has time or the ability to feed the gods and do rites for them three times a day? I don’t know about you, but I work. At noon, I’m sitting on my ass doing work things (or… answering asks on Tumblr) and when I get home, I have to cook/eat dinner, spend time with my son, do some exercise, and then before I know it, it’s time to get any blogging done, astral-ing done, or reading done (depending on my mood). As much as they may have liked being paid that much attention in antiquity, it’s just not something many people can do.
And I mean, should we? Things have changed, clearly. The religion is being rebuilt by people who are intent on modernizing it in some contexts. So, maybe we should change how it is, right?
So, anyway, commitment speaking would be that you would become a servant to the god (hemet-netjer). You’re at the beck and call of the god; you provide daily offerings; you’re willing to do what they tell you to do (with only a little snotty attitude thrown in the mix).
Purity… well, I’m not the one to really talk about that. I understand that certain purity standards were met in antiquity but I don’t follow them. I don’t care of I have my hair ratty and my breath kickin’ - if I’m awake enough to give offerings, I’m going to do it. I don’t care if it’s shark week, folks; my ass is going to do a damn ritual if it wants to. No complains from the peanut gallery there, but you know, it’s always best to check in with the netjeru in question if you’re worried about ritual purity.
I do know that KO does things a little differently, so if you want to reach out to a KO kid - sobeqsenu or helmsinepu - they could explain what, if any, differences there are when it comes to ritual purity and open statuary.
I should add that R.Reidy’s book “Eternal Egypt” says about maintaining Open Statues and includes a ritual for Opening. It has wonderful comparsion of Open Image with the concept of Real Presence (of Christ in the Eucharist) in Catholic/Orthodox church.
Also, Reidy has an essay on his webpage about modern priesthood, that deals with this topic. And as far as I know, their temple maintains Open images.
Note that of course not all kemetics agree with R.Reidy’s approach and viewpoints.
Also, for male priest, the title would be hem-netjer, for female - hemet-netjer. It would be usually followed by the name of a Deity. There could be also “n” (=of) added, or omitted. For example, Hem-Netjer n Ptah, or Hemet-Netjer Sekhmet.
in the iliad helen speaks the last lament for hector. the only man in troy who showed her kindness is slain—and now, helen says, πάντες δέ με πεφρίκασιν, all men shudder at me. she doesn’t speak in the iliiad again.
homer isn’t cruel to helen; her story is cruel enough. in the conjectured era of the trojan war, women are mothers by twelve, grandmothers by twenty-four, and buried by thirty. the lineage of mycenaean families passes through daughters: royal women are kingmakers, and command a little power, but they are bartered like jewels (the iliad speaks again and again of helen and all her wealth). helen is the most beautiful woman in the world, golden with kharis, the seductive grace that arouses desire. she is coveted by men beyond all reason. after she is seized by paris and compelled by aphrodite to love him against her will—in other writings of the myth, she loves him freely—she is never out of danger.
the helen of the iliad is clever and powerful and capricious and kind and melancholy: full of fury toward paris and aphrodite, longing for sparta and its women, fear for her own life. she condemns herself before others can. in book vi, as war blazes and roars below them, helen tells hector, on us the gods have set an evil destiny: that we should be a singer’s theme for generations to come—as if she knows that, in the centuries after, men will rarely write of paris’ vanity and hubris and lust, his violation of the sacred guest-pact, his refusal to relent and avoid war with the achaeans. instead they’ll write and paint the beautiful, perfidious, ruinous woman whose hands are red with the blood of men, and call her not queen of sparta but helen of troy: a forced marriage to the city that desired and hated her. she is an eidolon made of want and rapture and dread and resentment.
homer doesn’t condemn helen—and in the odyssey she’s seen reconciled with menelaus. she’s worshipped in sparta as a symbol of sexual power for centuries, until the end of roman rule: pausanias writes that pilgrims come to see the remains of her birth-egg, hung from the roof of a temple in the spartan acropolis; spartan girls dance and sing songs praising one another’s beauty and strength as part of rites of passage, leading them from parthenos to nýmphē, virgin to bride. cults of helen appear across greece, italy, turkey—as far as palestine—celebrating her shining beauty; they sacrifice to her as if she were a goddess. much of this is quickly forgotten.
every age finds new words to hate helen, but they are old ways of hating: deceiver and scandal and insatiate whore. she is euripides’ bitchwhore and hesiod’s kalon kakon (“beautiful evil”) and clement of alexandria’s adulterous beauty and whore and shakespeare’s strumpet and proctor’s trull and flurt of whoredom and schiller’s pricktease and levin’s adulterous witch. her lusts damned a golden world to die, they say. pandora’s box lies between a woman’s thighs. helen is a symbol of how men’s desire for women becomes the evidence by which women are condemned, abused, reviled.
but no cage of words can hold her fast. she is elusive; she yields nothing. she has outlasted civilisations, and is beautiful still. before troy is ash and ruin she has already heard all the slander of the centuries; and at last she turns her face away—as if to say: i am not for you
Damn. I just went from love to hate for her now. I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this before though.
Nicki Minaj pretended to be bisexual for attention. Nicki Minaj, therefore, is not an LGBTA+ positive person.
And yet Tumblr is fine with proclaiming her the new queen of the world or some shit.
I forgot, nobody gives a shit what bisexuals think.
for the record, I will…
I’m currently on vacation visiting my family in cow country. Seriously. It is nothing but cows here.
No one tell my grandma I’m no longer catholic! She doesn’t have Internet so I’m safe here. I do love her to death and really admire her faith though.
I know some things. I’ve been learning about Wathan/Arabian polytheism on and off for some months now. Do you have a specific question?
I also have a small list of resources on this page.
I think bookofwisdom might have some ideas, Arabia is pretty close to the Levantine region.
Here you go anon. I’m sure there was some influence from the Levantine region on the Arabian religion. I mean, the Nabataeans inhabited Arabia and part of the Levant so it would make sense. But, yes anon, you might want to do what solo suggests and go and see if bookofwisdom has any ideas too.
That’s a simple question with a long answer, haha. I’ll just write a couple of things for now.
Swearing oaths was very important and taken serious. Going on pilgrimage was also very important. Prayer and devotion was a bit more spontaneous just due to how the people lived. Ritual purity was important though. Blood and bodily fluids had to be washed off before performing a ritual or entering a temple.
The ancient Arabians were polytheists and had a lot of gods.
There was a belief that Allah (not the Islamic Allah but allah as a title/name meaning god) created the world. After Allah created the world he sort of distanced himself from things. It was not uncommon for people to ask other gods to speak to him on their behalf. Allah was also regarded as the head of the pantheon and stronger than all the other gods.
There was a belief that our entire world existed upon the waters on a crag of a rock on a mountain which existed on the forehead of a huge bull that stood on a layer of sand that is on the back of a giant fish. There are some other variations of this myth too.
There was a belief in djinn.
This article is actually a pretty good read about pre-Islamic beliefs in Arabia.