The House of Netjer, a Kemetic Orthodox Temple

[PUBLIC] About the Kemetic Orthodox Religion => [PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) => Topic started by: Senneferet on January 05, 2021, 03:04:15 am

Title: Ra UPG
Post by: Senneferet on January 05, 2021, 03:04:15 am
A few weeks ago, I had an earworm. It was the word iryt. No idea why but I kept saying it over and over to myself. Later in the day I was walking to the shops, when the image of Ra as a huge golden peacock came into my mind. On his tail were all the goddesses who serve as his eyes. I can’t get the image out of my head.

I know that there’s no historical link between Ra and peacocks but has anyone else made this connection? Ive no idea what it means but I’m sure it will become clear eventually.
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Taji on January 05, 2021, 08:22:13 am
So yeah, peacocks aren’t indigenous to Egypt. So it makes sense that there wouldn’t necessarily have been a link in antiquity. But in cultures where they were found, they were very often associated with royalty. So it makes sense to me that Ra might be showing himself to you in this way. And the eye thing is really cool.

Senebty,

Taji
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Yinepuemsaes on January 05, 2021, 08:45:53 am
Very cool!
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Senneferet on January 05, 2021, 12:38:31 pm
So, I actually decided to do some googling and, obviously, things need verifying and/or taking with a pinch of salt. However, I found the following quote very interesting:

“Of all the birds, the peacock most resembles the traditional description of the phoenix. The phoenix is the legendary bird of resurrection that is sacrificed in the fires of life and then rises from the flames out of its own ashes. As a reflection of the phoenix, the peacock was often associated with immortality and re-birth, and considered sacred by many cultures and religions, including the Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, Christian and Hindu.

.....In Egypt the bird was linked to the worship of the sun god, Amon-Ra and associated with the all-seeing eye of Horus.”

I got this off a reflexology site so will look into it further tomorrow. In the meantime, din dins calls me!
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Ewe on January 05, 2021, 03:35:06 pm
That’s a very cool image!

Iirc, the bird which the Greeks called the phoenix was what the ancient Egyptians called the bennu bird. It is a great heron.

Regardless, peacocks are identified with royalty. And this image is fascinating alone even if it’s without historical basis. I’m glad you shared it.
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Amarantheia on January 08, 2021, 08:08:20 am
I don't get Ra as a peacock exactly, but I do get him as a phoenix, so not too far off given the above context! I have gotten Sekhmet with a crown / plume of peacock feathers though, so the Eyes of Ra connection there is interesting to me~
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Senneferet on January 09, 2021, 09:03:48 am
That’s interesting about Sekhmet, Amarantheia! I wonder if She’ll crop up as I dig deeper into this.

On a more random note, I watch a TV show with my toddler called Tinga Tinga Tales. It’s a cartoon depicting traditional African tales about animals. Why the leopard is spotted, why coyote howls at the moon (he wants moooon honey!). Yesterday’s tale, which came on as I was discussing this thread with my better half, was...can you guess? Why peacock has such a beautiful tail! In the show, it was depicted as a rainbow tail. Very sweet.
Title: Re: Ra UPG
Post by: Tahai on January 13, 2021, 09:07:31 pm
I find it interesting that you say Amun-Ra has been associated with the peacock.

He has been active in my life in recent days, and I can easily see Him liking that bird.  He seems to love the color blue, appears so far to be a bit territorial, and appreciates luxurious things.  He also has a sense of humor, at least so far.