Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Goddesses= Good Fortune!!

The Egyptians tried to keep the goddesses happy so that they would not punish them with disease or bad luck. Each goddess had a temple and statue that they believed the goddess's spirit lived in. Every day the chief priest or pharaoh washed and dressed the statue three times a day!! They also gave the statue food so the goddess could eat. I think they treated the statues better than some of the people in Ancient Egypt! On the goddess's own festival day, they would put the statue in a golden shrine and carry it past the crowds in a procession. They did not want the statue to be seen by human eyes, so the shrine was put in a model boat- a barque ( that word is fun to say!)- and carried it through the crowd of singers and dancers and musicians.

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