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Author Topic: How Much Time Does an RPD Take?  (Read 912 times)

Offline Rev. Tjesi

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How Much Time Does an RPD Take?
« on: April 21, 2019, 07:10:32 pm »
Here is another in the "How long does it take" series:

Those of us who have experienced an RPD know of the time we put into the application and the time the RPD itself takes. What else is involved for Hemet?
  • Hemet receives an app from the Remetj.
  • The app goes on to an altar with prayers and a small offering and waits for four days.
  • If there is more than one application in process, then each has its own space on the big temple altar.
  • Hemet arranges and sends out a schedule to the applicants and does the scheduling.
  • The night before the RPD appointment, Hemet sets up a different altar with the app, more offerings, and invites all the gods and all the applicant’s Akhu to come and take part. The divination tray is also set on the altar. (Again, this is done individually for each applicant scheduled for the next day.) She makes a vow to the Netjeru for each person who will have their appointment the next day, to serve them through and past the process of the RPD.
  • At the time of the RPD, Hemet moves the altar and tray into her office, so she has access to it during the appointment.
  • Divination is done on the wooden tray.
  • The RPD appointment takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Hemet has done up to 5 in one day, but it’s usually 1-3.
  • After the divination and discussion, the altar(s) go back to the previous location the night before and remain another 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours have passed, Hemet gives thanks and takes the altar(s) down.

So… for each RPD, Hemet is spending 3-6 hours on the rituals, let alone the time necessary for shopping for offerings and arranging the appointment. So… in the 24 hours that we pay Hemet for, if each RPD takes an average of 4.5 hours, one RPD takes up around 22% of the hours we currently pay Hemet for.

People pay a fee of $53 for supplies for the RPD. This fee does not cover Hemet’s time. Also, it almost never covers the costs the offerings. For example, if the applicant is from Brazil, 53 Brazilian reals is $7 in U.S. dollars and many Remetj around the world cannot afford the fee. If RPD fees do not cover the necessary costs of offerings, Hemet makes up the difference personally with her own money. In the rare case where there are funds left over, Hemet saves them to use for those who cannot pay or for the naming offerings.

She has done this for every RPD. It is a lot of work... and a lot of time.

Can we give her the funds she needs to do the work?

Thank you for your consideration.

The House of Netjer Fundraising Team

(edited for clarity)
« Last Edit: April 21, 2019, 07:13:02 pm by Awibemhethert »
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