By: Joan E. Taylor
In antiquity, as today, ritual experts of various kinds were distinguished by dress that marked them off as engaged in sacred duties. In ancient Rome a priest of the imperial cult, the flamen, wore flame-coloured clothing with a remarkable apex-pointed skullcap. The Roman Catholic clerical collar, the Eastern Christian cassock, and the robes of Buddhist monks all serve the same functions today.
But when we consider what the priests wore in the Jewish Temple of Jerusalem, we have no clear pictorial representations, because most Jews through to the second