Ritual purity isn't a requirement for worship of the gods. Prayer and offerings made without ritual purity still count. So why bother?
I am no longer serving as a w'ab priest in Kemetic Orthodoxy. I made the decision to end my service after reflecting on the changes that are coming up for me in my secular life. My career is shifting, my academic pursuits are reaching culmination, my married life still needs my attention. (Let me make … Continue reading The more things change…
AKA "Yes, Netjer wants you to wear deodorant." When I first became Kemetic, I was obsessed with ritual purity. I was dedicated to being as ritually pure in all things as possible. I was more than a little misguided. I read somewhere that the processed chemicals present in my body washes and shampoos were technically … Continue reading W’ab Wednesday: Ritual purity or ridiculous purity?
(Forgive me for the sort of semi-stream-of-consciousness ramble that this is -- I have lots of complicated thoughts about beauty and purity and ma'at, and this is my best attempt at getting them out in a readable, coherent stream.) When I think of ritual purity, I always think first of the beauty of ritual: the … Continue reading B is for Beautiful.
I thought I would embark on a series of meditations on ritual purity. I'm going to run through the alphabet and choose a prompt for each letter, and write up my thoughts on those prompts. Ritual purity can be defined as the act of being clean and prepared enough to participate in or perform a … Continue reading A is for Asking.
I've written about purity before. I think about purity a lot. I'm a w'ab priest -- the word w'ab means pure, or purity. So, I'm a purity priest. I have been presented before my community as pure in the service of the gods. The purity thing is kind of my job, so I feel like … Continue reading W’ab Wednesday: In Defense of Ritual Purity
However wonderful alliteration may be, it does not connect words any deeper than in sound. Purity is a state of cleanliness, and perfection is a state of being without flaw. Something that is clean may not be without flaws, and something flawless can be dirty. It's true that sometimes "purity" can refer to a way … Continue reading W’ab Wednesday: Purity, not Perfection.