Goddess Isis also kept the procession in the heart of the rituals. In Metamorphoses, Apuleius mentioned the Procession celebrated on the annual feast of Navigium Isidis celebrated on the 5th of March to mark the sailing season.
Lucius, who was punished for his sins and had been
metamorphosed, regained human form when he ate the roses held by the priest in the procession. The ceremony consisted mainly of a procession, which started from the Isium and went to the shore carrying a statue of the goddess, lamps and ritual objects. At the head walked women crowned with flowers next came women carrying polished mirrors, next women with ivory combs, followed by the bearers of perfumes, then mixed company of worshipers carrying lamps, torches and candles, finally came the musicians. The women have a special hairstyle and the men were completely shaven (Fig. 121-122).
Fig. 119: Underground gallery of the Sarapeion of Alexandria
Published on Feb 12, 2014