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Rotating daily worship temple

Astronomy + Astrology + Science + Religion
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A square city-centre plot is acquired in every major city.

The building is a black monolith except it has a grand dolmen-like entrance portal. Above the portal is a huge dual orrery & astrolabe display showing the current location of all the planets and the fixed stars.

On entering the portal the supplicant finds themselves in a septant-shaped room, which is in the form of a scientific temple to the presiding planetary deity of the present day of the week.

There will be a cult statue which people can touch or admire or interact with. There will also be a reliquary case containing an actual fragment of the planetary surface or atmosphere, or a piece of a lander, or some other appropriate object. The walls, floor and ceiling will be formed as a kind of simulcram of the surface of the actual planet.

Each day there will be a series of scheduled events (perhaps using the traditional "planetary hours" to guide the scheduling). Some of the events will be lectures on the latest research; some will be poetry; some will be appropriate musical performance of planetary-themed music. Others will be silent devotion, and yet others will be frenzied orgiastic worship rituals. There will be appropriate planetary themed food and drink, as well as a small booth in the corner selling nice souvenirs.

The temple doors will clang ominously shut at midnight every night, and the entire interior of the temple with its seven rooms will rotate by approximately 51.5°. Then the doors will silently open again onto the new day. There will be a secret back exit for any worshippers trapped in the previous day's room, which also allows access for cleaners, maintenance technicians, and other admin and technical staff. It will also allow access to the non-Classical planetary rooms which are not advertised and only available by pre-booking through word-of-mouth.

pocmloc, Aug 23 2020

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       For example, today the room is Sun themed. The floor, walls and ceiling are all made of glass and have bright heater lamps in them so that the interior is almost unbearably hot and bright. The cult statue is a gilded androgynous figure wearing a crown of illuminated crystal spikes. Breakfast is about to be served - fried eggs and hot-cross buns with lots of butter, and glasses of ice-cold Sol beer.
pocmloc, Aug 23 2020

       Yes, yes, fine, now tell everyone more about the // frenzied orgiastic worship rituals //.
8th of 7, Aug 23 2020

       Venus is Tuesday. Last one admitted sleeps on the wet spot.
RayfordSteele, Aug 23 2020

       //Venus is Tuesday// I think if you turned up on Tiw's day looking for love you would just get beaten up and kicked out. Now if you turned up on Friday you might be more in luck...   

       Basically you can do whatever you want. The venue merely sets the scene.
pocmloc, Aug 23 2020

       //A square city-centre plot is acquired in every major city.//   

       lets all
Voice, Aug 23 2020

       .... Oops - after all that work typing it up... (See Church of Random link)
xenzag, Aug 23 2020

       Do we get to sacrifice a Falun Gong practitioner for the sake of displaying his body in children's programs at science museums (and for the advance of the CCP)?
pashute, Aug 26 2020

       Beautifully wrote. Sorry it's halfbaked. They are both wonderful additions. You wrote it up so clearly.
blissmiss, Aug 26 2020

       // Beautifully wrote //   

       Beautifully wrote what ? Is Beautifully male or female ? Any relation to President Goodluck Jonathan (q.v.) ?   

       Or is this something "like what Ernie wrote" ?   

       // sacrifice a Falun Gong practitioner f //   

       Only if you can get the Feng Shuei *just right* ...
8th of 7, Aug 26 2020

       The rotating aspect is incidental. Could have seven doors instead opening sequentially. The main aim is the regulated and fixed sequence of daily rooms and the planetary dedications.
pocmloc, Aug 26 2020

       I don't think daily planetary temple layout is that standardised yet.
pocmloc, Aug 26 2020

       // some religions ... floor plans ... specify what direction they're supposed to be placed? //   

       Most historic churches of the catholic and anglican rites are aligned east-west, the building being in the shape of a christian cross with the long arm to the west, the altar at the east end, and the transept aligned north-south.   

       Graves were supposed to be aligned with the feet of the deceased pointing east (or rather, towards Jerusalem) so that when the dead arise on the Day of Judgement they will do so facing toward the Holy City.   

       In later buildings, the term "liturgical" east and west are used, irrespective of the physical alignment of the building.
8th of 7, Aug 26 2020

       8th, I had wrote "written", but autocorrect wouldn't let it sit there and be just that and swapped it for wrote after I was done writing. Bastard.
blissmiss, Aug 26 2020


       Sp. writtened.   

       // frenzied orgiastic worship rituals //   

       These might involve vigorous self-flagellation, to accompany the simultaneous enthusiastic flagellation of one's fellow parishioners, all to the beat of Dragula. Bamboo lengths will be handed out at the door.
whatrock, Aug 26 2020

       Or "wrought", right?
pertinax, Aug 27 2020

pocmloc, Aug 27 2020

       You're over "wrought"?
pertinax, Aug 27 2020

       Daily addition to vocabulary, "wrought". Not sure how I'll sneak it in, but I will. Just to impress others and make them jealous that they didn't use the word, wrought. Ha
blissmiss, Aug 27 2020

       Wrought is past tense. What's the present form? To wring?
pocmloc, Aug 27 2020

       PS the temple gates are made of wrought iron
pocmloc, Aug 27 2020

       The wright wrought the ring, he wrought it right. The ring rang when wrought. The ring is attached to a rope, and used to wring thongs. It would be wrong to wring thongs without the ring the wright wrought.
pocmloc, Aug 27 2020

       Don't get overwrought...
lurch, Aug 27 2020

       Is that an original composition, or are you quoting ?   

       Or is it (as would be more typical) simple, direct plagiarism ?
8th of 7, Aug 27 2020


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