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Title: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Shediwi-Itw on March 02, 2018, 07:28:58 pm
Hello all, I just recently read on the forums here about naru or catfish demons who pull the solar barque. I find that concept fascinating and was wondering if we had more information on them?

Also, what do we know of the Netjeri and their functions?

Thank you for your time.
Title: Re: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Tarytenyinepu on March 11, 2018, 10:38:50 pm
I'm not sure where to find info on this, but I'm interested to know so I'm bumping the post in case someone else can answer this

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Title: Re: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Sedjfaiemitui on March 12, 2018, 01:15:47 am
Hello all, I just recently read on the forums here about naru or catfish demons who pull the solar barque. I find that concept fascinating and was wondering if we had more information on them?

Also, what do we know of the Netjeri and their functions?

Thank you for your time.

Em hotep nefer, Terra Akhert!

I'm probably the one whose comments you read about the Naru from, so I'll explain a bit about them. :P

Joshua Aaron Roberson's gigantic text on The Books of the Earth (2012: 256 - 258) is one of the better and more accessible sources which discuss the Naru, and not merely in-passing. Douglas J. Brewer's and and Renee F. Friedman's Fish and Fishing in Ancient Egypt (1989) also goes into some detail about the Naru and other such entities.

The Naru-demons' individual names are:

Nary, or "He of the Catfish"

Khessy, or "He of the Canal-Fish / Catfish"

Qedy, "He of Fishlike Form"

and

Rekhsy, "He of the Slaughter-Fish."

The main vignette Roberson has pictured in his text is from the sarcophagus of Djedhor 2, but this vignette also appears in nearly-identical arrangements on Djedhor 1, Ramessu III, and several others. The four Naru, holding the tow-rope of the Solar Barque, flank a fully-anthropomorphic theophany of Aker (as a single being, not as a pair), the definitive "Horizon-God." Aker is helping these entities keep the Solar Barque along its intended track through the Sun God's nocturnal sojourn through/within Nun. We may thus interpret Aker to be the (or at least "a") Divine Leader of the Naru.

The Naru are envisioned as catfish-headed entities, not because They were regarded as being literal catfish, of course, but because the anciently-believed "blindness" of catfish and their ability to navigate turbid, muddy waters describes the nature and function of these entities superbly. They guide the Sun God through the most dark and dangerous parts of the "Subterranean Duat" and of Nun's "body."

As for the functions of various Netjeri . . . well, that is a MASSIVE topic: there are hundreds of individual Netjeru and Netjeri with functions specific to the Duat, and it highly depends on which one(s) you want to know about -- most don't have much information surrounding Them, either, since Their roles and functions are so specialized. Each set of Divine and "demonic" entities mentioned within the schemes of the Solar Mysteries and the Wesir Mysteries, in The Books of the Sky and of those concerning The Caverns, among others, are highly specialized. Namely, They all appear within specific "hours" of the day and the night. Some are explicitly labeled as Netjeru and not as Divine-like subordinate entities (Netjeri), though the Naru qualify as the latter by most accepted standards.

There is no small amount of confusion and controversy surrounding many of these entities: They frequently defy categorization. How Hemet (AUS) labels certain entities, and the way other Egyptologists and ANES specialists label certain entities, and the way I label certain entities, doesn't always match. My opinions on Hedj-Wer, "The Great White One" Whose baboon-theophany became subsumed within the identity of Djehuty along with Iah, for example, strongly diverge from what I've seen Hemet (AUS) mention about Him in the past: She has recognized Him as a Netjeri, whereas my understanding of Him is as a Netjer. Kasia Szpakowska's Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project is likewise a case-in-point for all that lack of unanimity of professional opinion for many (though not all) such entities. There is universality of opinion on entities like A/pep, though: A/pep is distinctly not a Divinity by any stretch of interpretation, and every Egyptologist / ANES specialist worth their salt agrees on that line at the very least. Functional equivalents of and replacing A/pep in The Books of the Earth like Penwenti ("He of W/enti"), though . . . that is less clear.

All that being established, we should all bear in mind that it's not the categorization that matters uber alles, so much as it is a matter of knowing what these entities' roles and functions are. :)

I hope this helps!

Senebty,
Sedjfai
Title: Re: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Shediwi-Itw on March 13, 2018, 08:28:39 am
Wow, thank you so much for the incredibly helpful reply! I can’t seem to find much information on them anywhere but I find them fascinating. I may have to look for that fishing in Ancient Egypt book. I fish myself and it makes me feel connected to my spiritual ancestors so to speak.
Title: Re: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Rev. Sema'a on March 13, 2018, 02:19:42 pm
This was just wonderfully interesting to read, Sedjfai. I don't particularly do much reading about these types of spirits, so this was a fascinating bit of information. I'm just so tickled at the idea of catfish as expert navigators of the Duat.
Title: Re: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Awdjerethethert on March 14, 2018, 12:38:51 pm
I don't have much to add, but I just want to thank Sedjfai for that fascinating explanation!
Title: Re: Naru and the Netjeri
Post by: Yinepuemsaes on March 15, 2018, 11:20:04 am
Very interesting!