846. Shrines of Diana

Acts 19:24  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
Acts 19:2424For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; (Acts 19:24). A certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen.
These shrines were miniature representations of the most sacred portion of the heathen temple; that part of it where the statue of the goddess was situated. They were made of wood or precious metal, and were worn as charms. A little door on one tide concealed the image of the goddess within. Roberts found a similar practice in India, where shrines of idols are often made in the shape of a temple and suspended from the neck of the wearer.