A while back, I was thinking about how Het-heru has a big festival in which she processes around places and then goes home. This is actually kind of common in ancient Egyptian festivals. There were quite a few where traveling somewhere was the point in the festival. There are over forty – I lost count actually – with the word “procession” or “processional” in the title. This doesn’t include things like the Opet Festival or any other ones where the icons of the gods were taken out of their kar-shrines to go visiting. And this got me wondering how modern Kemetics would emulate these types of rites and festivities. On the face of it, walking around the yard or the home seem appropriate, right?
But, as I was thinking about this whole thing this morning, trying to figure out what I would do for Sekhmet’s processional celebrations tonight… I realized that just walking around the yard and home seemed a little boring. The point of the procession is beyond me. I don’t have any ancient sources on festivals celebrated in Sekhmet’s name so I can’t quite say what they were processing to or what they were processing for. I can only try to recreate things as best I could and, you know, wondering around a place that may be seen on a daily basis with a little icon to hand seemed odd. And that’s when it hit me: Why not photo bomb my house with Sekhmet in those photos?
The idea was bold.
The idea was crazy.
The idea was weird.
And that’s exactly how I celebrated tonight’s festivities.