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Title: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: anxietealeaves on January 29, 2019, 06:47:23 pm
Remember the whole, "Now I lay me down to sleep" prayer? Well, I was wondering if anyone had a Kemetic version they would like to share or maybe share a little ritual they do before bed.  :)

Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: Sedjfaiemitui on January 29, 2019, 10:51:07 pm
Em hotep nefer, Anxietealeaves! :D

Sometimes I will pray aloud to my First Father Set before sleep, especially if I'm having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep.

Set is associated with nightmares both positively and negatively, and there's some positive Set-based heka to that end in Rev. Dr. Tamara Siuda's The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook (which she's previously asked others not to reproduce online, otherwise I would provide an excerpt).

Some of the prayers I utter to Set are of a very personal nature, but this one is not too personal. I will give it in transliterated characters, "transliterese," and in English, in case you're interested in reciting it in (loosely-"reconstructed" spoken) Egyptian:

Hy stX hkA n grh ii m grh
nb rswt
wr-xrp srxw-nb
mki=k [NN] ms=k mr.s=k mr=k sy

Hy Set! Heka en Gereh ii em gereh
Neb Resut
Wer-Kherep serekhu-neb
Meki-ek [NN] mes-ek meres-ek mer-ek sy.

Hail, Set! Lord of Night [Who] comes in the night
Lord of Dreams
Great Controller of every evil spirit
You protect [insert name here], Your child who loves You as You love her/them.

NOTE: "ms" is one of the more gender-neutral terms for "child," based on the verb "msi," meaning "to be born." To change this prayer to suit men and boys in particular, "sA" may be used for "son," along with the dependent pronoun ".f / -ef" in the places where ".s / -es" appears. For strictly feminine descriptors, "sAt" for "daughter" -- retaining the ".s" where it appears -- will suit. :)

As is the case with its fellow Afro-Asiatic languages Akkadian, Ugaritic, and Hebrew, the Ancient Egyptian language is thoroughly grammatically gendered and doesn't really possess a neuter, so those on the "not quite male or female" end of the gender spectrum will probably want to retain the use of that ".s / -es" I've given above. :)

I hope this helps!

Senebty!
Sedjfai
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: laurenb on January 30, 2019, 08:29:22 am
This is beautiful, Sedjfai, thank you for sharing it! Would you mind if I added it to my journal?

Senebty

Lauren
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: Sedjfaiemitui on January 30, 2019, 10:57:21 am
Em hotep nefer, Lauren!

No problem! Go for it! :D

Senebty,
Sedjfai
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: laurenb on January 30, 2019, 12:31:41 pm
Em hotep nefer, Lauren!

No problem! Go for it! :D

Senebty,
Sedjfai

Thank you!
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: Capra on January 30, 2019, 03:24:02 pm
@Sedjfaiemitui   Thank you for the explanation re 'ms'. It confirmed nicely something I was puzzling over with Ky on Discord last night. <3
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: anxietealeaves on February 02, 2019, 05:58:14 am
Oh wow. That was so profound. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to keep that one as well if it’s alright.
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: Shediwi-Itw on February 02, 2019, 08:07:43 am
I ask my lineup to watch over me and then I ask Tutu to keep bad dreams away. I made this prayer for exactly that reason:

“May Tutu come to this place and watch over my sleeping form. May the roar of His lion form frighten those who would harm me, be they demon or mortal. I offer to you the dreams which haunt and dim my countenance, so that You may be fed and I may be untroubled by their appearance. Dua Tutu!”
Title: Re: Bedtime Prayers
Post by: Tjemsy on February 02, 2019, 09:23:27 am
Apparently I wrote one for Khonsu back when I was writing a lot of children's prayers. Short and simple, as children's prayers are:

"Khonsu, shining, so high and so bright,
Keep me safe all through the night.
"