As was stated in the last blog, Christians are not the only ones who wash their feet in a ritual setting. Muslims do it as well, but for a very different reason. Instead of the foot washing being an act of submission, it’s an act of hygiene and literal and symbolic cleansing. It is also performed on one’s self instead of by one person to another.
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The act of washing the feet and other body parts is called “Wudu” and is done in preparation for salat, which are prayers. According to the Islamic Center of Charlotte’s website, “Prayer for a Muslim involves uniting mind, soul, and body in worship……In the ritual prayers each individual Muslim is in direct contact with Allah. There is no need of a priest as an intermediary.” Sounds kind of Pagan.
As Pagans, we can incorporate the practice of wudu as a shorten form of a ritual bath. Magical and medicinal herbs that promote cleansing and purity could be added to the water for a bath tea or oils could be substituted. Herbs and oils that promote deity consciousness would be another good choice. Gem stones could also be added to make gem elixirs.