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I’ve finally gotten around to taking pictures of my shrine to Sutekh, and His son, Sobek. It’s a temporary setup, and it’s not terribly elaborate. I plan on moving the shrine to a black wooden cabinet with doors (preferably one with a bolt or latch, if I can find one that won’t break the bank), and I intend to get a new, larger gold and black statue of His Majesty to match my Sobek statue, because I’m a coordination/symmetry freak like that.

The statue of Sobek, donning His characteristic henu crown.

I don’t like to use altar cloths — I know “they’re traditional,” and I don’t particularly care — because altar cloths make it harder to keep the shrine neat and clean. They’re a catch-all for incense ashes and wax stains, and Gods know what else. White is traditional, symbolic of purity, but I used to have a fringed burgundy velvet runner that served as an altar cloth. That didn’t end well. It became increasingly obnoxious, so I retired it.

I typically “burn” (diffuse) oil rather than stick incense. It’s less messy. I keep the burner/diffuser between my statues of Sobek and Sutekh.

I found two cute little white porcelain lion-headed tureens (well, tureens are larger; I don’t know what I’m supposed to call these little bowls) at a discount shop for about 50 cents apiece, which serve as my offering bowls — one for food offerings, and one for libations. I also have a pretty swank sushi set that I use for larger, more elaborate offerings.

The boar statuette is cut from onyx or quartz, I’m not at all sure. I’ve had it since I was about four years old. An old woman in the neighborhood I grew up in gave it to me. Boars are significant to Sutekh, as in one myth He assumed the form of a terrible black boar and swallowed the moon (partly serving to explain the phenomena of lunar eclipses — Meeks discusses this in Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods).

Now, I’m not the type of person who buys into the hype surrounding the “spiritual attributes” or “magical properties” of certain kinds of stones and gems. That’s not why I have a big lump of raw quartz incorporated into my shrine. Sutekh is the Lord of the desert, and the wealth and trade routes there. Quartz is one of the many valuable resources mined from the earth in Egypt. In my dreams about Sutekh, He always appeared bedecked with jewels — in precious metals, amethyst, turquoise, and quartz. The ring on His staff is also made with different kinds and cuts of quartz.

Behind His statue is a rather weighty magnetic iron pillar. Sutekh is sometimes referred to as “He of Twofold Strength.” It looks nothing like a Djed pillar, which is representative of renewal and strength, but I feel that the style and material suit Him just fine.

It’s only a temporary setup, but I’m content with the way it looks at this point. I’ll post pictures of the new and improved shrine, once I have that arranged properly.

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