The papyrus ‘Trip Advisors’ looks from a familiar Egyptian hieroglyph of priests paying homage to their god but that is a smokescreen for the artist’s perspective on society today. If one looks at the painting in more detail, it contains modern-day items such as mushrooms and light bulbs. Daily offerings were made in ancient temples to statues of deities and the ritual of the ‘opening of the mouth’ took place. The intention of the ritual was to obtain some kind of ‘spiritual essence’ of the deity and involved offering food, drinks, and gifts. Priests sang hymns in praise of their favored god and even dressed the statues up in fine clothing while burning incense and oils. Today, we have our own ‘gods’ whom we worship with ‘likes’, ‘follows’ and hashtags. Our desire to admire those who appear superior, more influential, and more beautiful means that we place many people on a pedestal – people who have no spiritual qualities at all. We worship them despite this, under the illusion that they represent some divine reality we can only access with the help of hallucinogens or mind-altering substances.
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