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The Physical/Metaphysical Offerings  

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The Physical/Metaphysical Offerings

The energy matrix of the physical body will disintegrate—weaken and ultimately die—if it is not provided with food and drink.

Likewise, a departed spirit (energy matrix) requires sustenance; otherwise it will disintegrate, decompose, or convert into other forms of energies. In simple terms, departed souls are always hungry and thirsty, and so must be supplied with food and drink.

As stated earlier, the spirits/energies of the higher realms only consume the "spirit" of the offerings.

The Ancient and Baladi Egyptians made offerings to the spirits of their ancestors with the intention of keeping their help and protection by maintaining their existence. Their existence was finite, and appears to have terminated whenever funerary offerings failed to be made to them on a regular basis. Neglect would cause them to lose the force that helped those still living on earth.

It is important to know the Egyptian word for offering, which is 'Qurban', derived from the stem verb 'QaRaB', meaning: 'to be near to' The meaning now becomes clear: the intent is to stay near/close to the departed souls.

Inscriptions in various Egyptian temples and tomb chapels, as well as in a number of letters, testify to the importance of such rituals. One of these letters, for example, speaks of:

"my daughter who makes offerings to the spirit in return (gods, goddesses) for watching over the earthly survivors."

Diodorus, in Book I, 16, affirms the role of Thoth as it relates to the significance of offerings and the ordinances required to maintain them:

"It was by Thoth, according to the Egyptians, that . . .
and that ordinances regarding the honors and offerings
due to the neteru (gods, goddesses) were duly established. . ."

[Excerpt from egyptian Cosmology : The animated universe by Moustafa Gadalla]

[More about the various types of individual and group offerings is found in the book Egyptian Mystics: Seekers of The Way by same author.]