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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Icons of Min
« on: May 10, 2016, 09:42:40 pm »
Em hotep,

I would also second the Min/white bull connection, since all of the scenes of the Festival of Min from the temple of Medinet Habu show the importance of the white bull in the cult of Min.

That being said, Min also has a very close relationship with Amun, as Kamutef (which means "bull of his mother") and since Amun, whose very name means "hidden" usually prefers His images to be hidden from view, I would say that any of the "traditional" images of Min can also be covered with a cloth and kept hidden from the sight of  those who may not understand.


Em hotep,

Since I am stuck working most of this week (I did take a personal day for Wep Ronpet itself on Monday) , and my job requires a conservative appearance, the only way I can celebrate at work is by wearing a tie in the color of the God what day it is.

Today, I have a nice orange-y gold tie in honor of Heru-Wer :-)


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Amenti
« on: July 16, 2015, 12:17:44 pm »
Em hotep Taji,

I don't have a relationship with her as Amenti...just yet...thankfully ;) but she is  understood to be a form of Hethert, as literally the Lady of the West.

The first mentions of her go back to the Pyramid Texts in the 5th dynasty pyramid of Unas. Back then she was considered the personification of the West, giving (new) birth to the king...

"Behold, she comes to your, the Beautiful West, meeting you with her beautiful comes he whom I have born" PT 254

In the Middle Kingdom, she becomes less abstract, becoming associated with the rise in popularity of the cult of Wesir...she herself becomes identified with Het-hert as well as with Aset.

"Hail to you, Beautiful West, N. (the deceased) has come to you that he may greet you daily, as your son, your child whom you have born to Wesir." Coffin Text 33

On a 19th Dynasty tomb she is called...

"Het-hert, Mistress of the Sacred Land,  Amentet, Kheft-her-neb-es (she who is before her Lord)"
"Hethert, Lady of the Sycamore, Mistress of the Necropolis, Amentet, Lady of the Sky, Mistress of the Two Lands"

I think I might have more info at home, but I'm not there at the moment, so I'll have to look for you :)


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Shemsu
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:40:04 am »
Em hotep!

I am not sure of the meaning of the Hebrew "shem", but our word "shemsu" comes from the ancient Egyptian word "Smsw" which is commonly pronounced as shemsu, and means "follower".

An ancient example were the Smsw hrw, or the followers of Heru.

Hope this helps,


of course I would volunteer in a heartbeat!!! (just in case the Antiquities Ministry is listening!)

Thank you for this Rev. Neferu,

I have the "hard copy" of this book and it is truly beautiful!

Nice to have in pdf, on my phone for those down times when you need something pretty to look at :)


Em hotep,

For loners, you could also speak to Ptah, who was quite alone while he was dreaming each of us until he spoke our names into being.

As far as fate, I would say look to Renenutet, snake goddess of harvest. As well as weaving, she is also associated with mummy wrappings, so she could be seen as weaving the garment of our lives, our lifetime harvest, which will ultimately become our mummy wrappings.

Not that this is our fate, that is something we are in charge of, like a road we build with our own hands, every day.


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Gods Who Look The Same
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:32:52 pm »
Em hotep, Meresankh

Kayemnofret's title is something like "Senior Administrator, or Judge", sAb iD mr, which is written with the jackal, Gardiner's sign E17, sAb, meaning "dignitary, senior official" and the next word is iD mr, written using the fish (K3) and the canal sign (N36).

The last sign, the canal, while looking similar to the "sh" pool, is actually the word "mr", a noun meaning "supporter, or partisan".

He seems to have been a pretty important guy in his day!


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Hethert's "Great Nine"?
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:59:20 pm »
Em hotep, Dorothy

The ennead or pesedjet of Het-hert is indeed recorded at Her temple at Dendera.

In the stairway to the rooftop portion of the temple of Dendera, where images of the gods of the temple are shown processing to Unite with the Sun Disk,the names of the psDt nTryt or Pesedjet Netjeryt (which simply means the Ennead of the goddess...i.e. Dendera)are listed in as follows...
-Heru Behdet
-Het-hert, Lady of Dendera, Uraeus of Ra
-Heru Sema-Tawy(Uniter of the two Lands)in Behdet
-Heru Sema-Tawy, pa khered (the child) son of Het-hert
-Ihy, the Great, son of Het-hert
-Het-hert, Lady of Dendera, Eye of Ra, who is upon Her great place
-Het-hert, Lady of Dendera, Ta-menit (referring to the holder of the Menit)
-Heru Sema-Tawy, Lord of Khadit
-Wesir Un-nefer, the Victorious, the Great God who resides in Dendera
-Aset, the Great, Mother of God, Lady of Iat-dit

There is another part of the temple, in the main hall, where an ennead of a different name is mentioned, the Pesedjet Akhetyt, or the Ennead of the Horizon. This group includes
-Het-hert, Uraeus of Ra
-Heru Behdet
-Heru Sema-Tawy
-Wesir Un-nefer
-Heru Sa-Aset

Either way the enneads are listed, they seem to break down into two distinct family groups...Het-hert, Heru Behdet, & Ihy, and  Aset, Wesir, & Heru the chld.

Egyptologist Sylvie Cauville has published the temple of Dendera pretty intensly,
is the url of a pdf article titled "Le panthéon d'Edfou à Dendera", by Sylvie Cauville, which might be of interest. (The article is in French... and it seems that you might have to paste the url into your browser, since I can't get the link working  :eek:

Hope some of this helps,

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Incense?
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:05:02 pm »
Em hotep,
I just wanted to add that one of the reasons that incense is tied to purification is partially linguistic.

In the ancient Egyptian language, one of the words for incense is "snTr" which for convenience sake is pronounced "sen netjer".

This word can also be read as a causative "s-nTr" which would mean something like "to make divine/holy"

Since the ancients found a lot of significance in puns and word play, they took the act of burning incense as something that purifys or makes holy.

(Also, in ancient times the raw materials that made incense were difficult to obtain and thus luxury items, making them something very special when offered to the gods)


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Gods of Dawn and Dusk
« on: June 04, 2014, 08:06:35 am »
Em hotep,

Yes indeed...Khepri is the sun at dawn, while the sun at sunset is Atum, or Tem (with Ra being the midday sun)

The pretty red color that stains the horizon at dawn is said to be the blood of the of the enemies of Ra, trying to hold back the sunrise, shed by the Eye of Ra, or sometimes by Set, standing at the prow of Ra's boat.


Em hotep,

While doing a little research, I came across  This Site which has 360 degree virtual tours of Abydos and Dendera temples.

It is an inspiration to be (virtually) standing in some of these chapels, and the zoom feature is quite handy in seeing some of the wall inscriptions :)

Since I haven't been to Egypt (yet), it is interesting to see some of the more commonly photographed inscrptions and carvings in their actual context...i.e. if you go to the room called the Iseum in the temple of Dendera, and pan straight up, there is a beautiful image of Nut and the face of Hethert that takes up the entire ceiling. I'm sure a lot of us have seen this image, but it is great to actually see it in situ :)


Thanks for posting this Rev. Sedjemes, I was just about to do so myself :)

The figures of Hapi bearing the offerings of the land are a nice reminder that even though this place has been forgotten for centuries, it was once a temple and a home for the divine. Beautiful!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:57:41 am »
Em hotep, Meresankh

Most of the creator gods have some sort of androgynous characteristics.

Ptah most definitely has some androgynous attributes In his primeval creator aspect, he is shown as Ptah-Tatenen, which represents the primordial mound risen out of the waters of Nun upon which all creation took place. Tatenen would have to be shown as androgynous since he came into existance before there was even a gender divison.

I have even seen Ptah's title "beautiful of face" refer to his androgynous beauty.

On the Shabaka stone, in what has become known as the Memphite Theology, forms of Ptah are listed as "Ptah-Nun, the father who begat Atum, Ptah-Naunet, the mother who begat Atum"

In the reading on the stela in the British Museum, however, you need to look to the end of the line before "weret" (right in front of the hands of the man making offerings) and you will see the throne sign, along with a bread loaf t and a house or enclosure sign, which, in combination with the "great" on the next line makes s.t wr.tor "the Great Place" whcih is a way of referencing both the necropolis as well as the afterlife in general.


 New Royal Mummy Cache
 Luxor Times article-with pictures

A cache of mummies has been identified in the Valley of the Kings. According to the report, it seems it contains the remains of some 60 individuals, who would seem to be princes and princesses from the 18th dynasty, along with coffin fragments and cartonnage masks.

I would hope that maybe some long standing mummy identification business might eventually get cleared up as a result of this, but, I am more sure that it will wind up raising even more questions.

Either way, it is exciting, and I pray for the Kau of those mummies, that disturbing their rest might help us to understand them better.


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