It constitutes a broad cultural pattern stretching over three millenia , which has been a source of wisdom and inspiration for all Mediterranean spiritual traditions, in particular Judaism and Christianity Islam was influenced via Hermetism. These rituals only happened in the temples. Some of the land within the precincts was roofed, as temple buildings and dwellings for priests. This would continue to do its job despite Champollion cracking the code in and showing the hieroglyphs were not primarily allegorical but phonetical. In this way, magic could be accumulated and passed on to future generations In this sensu lato , the "obsessive rituals" of the compulsive neurotic are included.