Carrying and kissing the statues - Pagan Christian celebrations and rituals

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The Christian traditions are the pagan traditions that are mentioned in the Old Testament. The procession of carrying statues (idols) from one area to another.

“Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.Isaiah 46:6 NIV
"They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it, they set it in its place, and it stands there; it cannot move from its place. If one cries to it, it does not answer or save him from his trouble."  Isaiah 46:7 KJV
 

28317138_xxl_resize.jpgClergyman and Author C. Middleton described ancient pagan processions “Priests in surplices, with wax candles in their hands, carrying upon a pageant or thensa the images of their gods, dressed out in their best clothes; these were usually followed by the principal youth of the place, in white linen vestments or surplices, singing hymns in honor of the god whose festival they were celebrating, accompanied by crowds of all sorts that were initiated in the same religion, all with flambeaux or wax candles in their hands.” 149

32911784_xxl_resize.jpgPagan practices of kissing statues (idol) and pictures (icon) are also mentioned:

“I still have 7000 people in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed that idol.” 1 Kings 19:18 ERV

“And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.” Hosea 13:2 NIV