Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Creating a Home Altar

An altar is any structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes, and by extension the 'Holy table' of post-reformation Anglican churches. Altars are usually found at shrines, and they can be located in templeschurches and other places of worship. Today they are used particularly in ChristianityBuddhismHinduismShintoTaoism, as well as in Freemasonry. Also seen in Neopaganism and Ceremonial MagicJudaism used such a structure until the destruction of the Second Temple. Many historical faiths also made use of them, including Greekand Norse religion.

I like to change up my altar area.  It changes with the seasons, how I am feeling, what is inspiring me at the moment, special items I have collected or found; things that speak to me.  Learn more about creating your own altar.

shrine is a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deityancestorheromartyrsaintdaemon, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are veneratedor worshipped. Shrines often contain idolsrelics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated.[A shrine at which votive offerings are made is called an altar. Shrines are found in many of the world's religions, including ChristianityIslamHinduismBuddhismChinese folk religionShinto, and Asatru as well as in secular and non-religious settings such as a war memorial. Shrines can be found in various settings, such as churchestemplescemeteries, or in the home, although portable shrinesare also found in some cultures.

Patti Friday: Lifestyle Editor | Photographer | Wellness Community Member | Reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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