AN N EA M130 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Lector Priest, Ostracon, Barque

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Priests: priestly offices and titles, lector priest, readers, high literacy, recited the sacred texts during rituals. Recognizable by outfit including leopard skin: priestly offices, scribe of the divine book, oversaw execration rituals, among others. Whatever performance was involved (animal sacrifice, prayers, dances, etc. ) was overseen by him: wears 2 feathers, priest of sekhmet (cid:862)veteri(cid:374)aria(cid:374)(cid:863, checked the health and purity of ritual animals. Looked at medical health standards of a(cid:374)i(cid:373)als so they do(cid:374)"t gi(cid:448)e a diseased animal to the gods. Egyptia(cid:374)s thought so(cid:373)e fish (cid:449)ere dirty a(cid:374)d therefore should(cid:374)"t (cid:271)e eaten they also thought some fish were really sacred and therefore should(cid:374)"t (cid:271)e eate(cid:374: wab priest, purifier (a. k. a. Janitorial stuff: could handle ritual objects to clean them, but they were not allowed to enter the most sacred rooms. Not like the high priest who has a high clearance level. Interpreter of oracles: people would leave questions written on ostraca. Priests would consult with the god for answers.

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