"In Egypt," Says Clement Of alexandria, "The Sanctuaries Of the
Temples Are Shaded By Curtains Of golden Tissue. But On Going
Further Into The Interior In quest Of the Statue, A Priest Of grave
Aspect, Advancing to Meet You And Chanting a Hymn In the Egyptian
Tongue, Slightly Raises A Veil To Show You The God. And What Do You
Behold? A Crocodile, Or Some Indigenous Serpent, Or Other Dangerous
Animal, The Egyptian God Being a Beast Sprawling on A Purple Carpet."