Finding Sekhmet at the Penn Museum

Sage and Starshine

Sekhmet, meet my blog. My blog, meet Sekhmet.

The photo doesn't really do Her justice, to be honest. I guess you have to be there. The photo doesn’t really do Her justice, to be honest. I guess you have to be there.

There’s this thing in Kemetic religion(s) called an open statue. Here’s how it works:

An open statue is an image of a deity which has had a ritual performed on it called the Opening of the Mouth. It’s very important to note that as far as we know there was no Closing of the Mouth ceremonies in Ancient Egypt; in other words, there are no take-backsies.  One a statue is opened it is opened theoretically forever. And once opened, a statue ceases being “just” an image of deity and instead becomes a living house for that deity Themselves. Statues that have been opened require care, as would any other living thing. You need to “feed” them, both through worship and literally by giving them food…

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