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Porphyry, On Abstinence from Animal Food, iv. 9

“Water and fire, the most beautiful of the elements, they reverence as being chief causes of our preservation, and exhibit them also in their temples; as, I believe, even now at the opening of the sanctuary of Serapis the worship is performed by means of fire and water, the precentor pouring out the water and exhibiting the fire, whenever he stands upon the threshold and wakes the god in the native language of the Egyptians. ” – Porphyry, On Abstinence from Animal Food, iv. 9


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