Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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96 The Hidden God. [Oh.

Bearing now carefully in mind the extreme
complexity of this secret parallelism, and the
strict analogy between the visible and invisible
worlds which constitutes the basis of the
political organism, we have little difficulty in
perceiving the importance of the function in
regard to the Hidden God, discharged by the
House of Osiris. Viewed independently, the
great temples of Egypt present to us a hetero-
geneous collection of miscellaneous deities,
amongst whom now the sun, now the moon,
now the earth, now the river, now the orbit,
now the horizon, is predominant without any
apparent reason or purpose; while the Ritual
breaks up into a chaos of broken images and
grotesque distortions of astronomical concep-
tions. Seen by the inner light of the great
house, where the Path of the Hidden Places
reflects the river of celestial light, the great
temple system of Egypt reveals itself as an
organic whole with a simple majesty not un-
worthy of its unrivalled shrines. For since

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