Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ritual Purity - Natron, Blood and Others

As I recall the ancient egyptians had some pretty strict notions about ritual purity, and it was pretty important to the religion. So let's have a thread on that ... here are some questions to start.

1. Natron. What is it, how do we make it (ie recipes), how do we use it.

2. Blood -- in particular, menstrual blood, for those of us of the female persuasion. I vaguely recall someone once mentioned they'd come up with a work-around so that they could do rituals during "that time of the month", but they didn't elaborate and I forget who said it.

3. Theologically speaking, what does purification *do* -- what are we removing? Sin? distractions? mundane life? what?

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