A kingdom of worship.

Once upon a time in the fictional land of Hogwarnia (Hogwarts+Narnia, sorry), there lived a king. He was wise and respected the values and took into consideration the opinions of his subjects. He was fair in his decisions and punishments and was therefore considered a good king. One fine day, a strange man was noticed passing through the city. The citizens of the city looked over and were surprised to see this old man walking alone with the aid of a stick. From his almost bald head, a single strand of hair appeared, almost like his brain was sprouting out a little sapling of black hair. With a long white cloth that left his waist and met his feet with every step he took, he looked like a fairly simple man. He was none other than the sage Setheros. As he looked very wise, the guards immediately took him to meet the king.

Once inside, he was presented before the king. "O Holy one, what has brought you here today?," he questioned. The sage looked around, and not taking his eyes off the king said, "Dear majesty, I have seen a great deal of your just rulership today. However, why does your city not have any temples." The king realised that amongst all the chaos of setting up a just and equal system, the thought of spirituality completely crossed his mind. He then asked, "O holy one please instruct us. How do we do this."

The sage said, "Since you'll are the closest to Egypt, why not follow their sphere of influence. I will instruct you as to how to go about building this temple. First, like the Egyptians, we must find sacred or holy land wherein the temple must be built. For example, be the mythical birthplace or burial place of a god. The Great Temple of Abu Simbel, for instance, is aligned so that twice a year the rising sun illuminates the statues of the gods in its innermost room. 

An elaborate series of foundation rituals precede the construction. A further set of rituals follow the temple's completion, dedicating it to its patron god. This is where you play a role O great King. These are conducted, at least in theory, by the king as part of his religious duties; indeed, in Egyptian belief all temple construction is symbolically his work.

Egyptian temple designs emphasise order, symmetry, and monumentality and combine geometric shapes with stylised organic motifs.

The layout of the temple is quite complex and includes courts, halls and chambers with the sanctuary deep inside the temple. The roof is a flat stone roof and has columns closely packed to support the roof. The facade has all the columns concealed inside the external walls. The section has raised flooring and lowered roofs deeper inside the temple, with the sanctuary having the highest ground level and the lowest roof.

Basic Layout of the temple

The decorations are the carvings on the walls of the temples. The walls from the scene on the outer walls of the temple, and the walls of the outer courtyard, show the battle of the forces of light, represented by the Pharaoh, subduing the forces of darkness, represented by the foreign enemies. The scenes in sanctuaries and hypostyle halls show sacred offerings to gods.

Temples are the homes of the gods. Every temple in Egypt is dedicated to a god or goddess and he or she is worshipped there by the temple priests thereby even increasing employment in your kingdom. However, as in Egyptian cultures, ordinary people have no access to the inner regions of the temples which could only be entered after elaborate purification rituals. Temple buildings in the New Kingdom are made of stone and their walls are covered with coloured scenes carved onto the stone, showing the Pharaoh fighting in battles and performing rituals with the gods. Such will be the case with your temples too. The most essential component for any temple is the innermost shrine, where the statue of the god was kept. The activities of the temple revolve around the worship and celebration of the god's cult, and religious festivals. Around many Temples are sacred lakes or sacred pools. These pools allowed both the priests and followers to attend and perform their religious rites in a state of purity.

Section of a temple.

As you can see from the diagram I have drawn in sand using a stick, there are five important components to the temple.

Pylon are the large gates of the temple and consist of two tapering towers. The entrance is generally half the height of the two towers. Pylons are often carved and painted with scenes of the Pharaoh and gods with scenes emphasising a king's authority since it was the public face of a cult building.

The Inner courtyard is a large open Hall, with decorated walls showing scenes of the Pharaoh and the gods. It had a transitional purpose, serving as an interface between the outside world and the sanctified regions deeper within the temple. People were only allowed to enter the Outer Courtyard on festival days.

The Hypostyle hall is a large colonnaded hall depicting scenes of religious rituals which are carved into the walls. The capital of the massive column often in the shape of the papyrus Flower. This was considered the reception area of the god and accessible only to the priests and the Pharaohs were allowed to enter the hypostyle hall, which was used for religious rituals. Sanctuary is the most special and important part of the temple. It was a very dark and relatively small room. Only the High Priest and the Pharaoh can enter the sanctuary. In the middle of the sanctuary stands the Naos with the statue of the god. In close connection to the sanctuary there were other rooms for storage of the god's belongings, jewellery etc. As a result you must build a temple based on these beliefs."

"At once, we shall get to work," the king said and thus came the era of temple building and worship to the kingdom of Hogwarsnia.