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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Bast-Mut
« on: July 15, 2012, 08:40:30 am »
Em Hotep everyone,

I was recently divined as the daughter of Bast-Mut but I don't really know much about her...I have read about Bast and Mut but somehow, I'm lost @_@..Is there a difference between Mut-Bast??Dominance?If you guys know anywhere I can read more about her or have information about her that you would like to share..that would be great and highly appreciated!!:)

Thank you and have a great day ahead...

Journey to the Afterlife; Mastaba

“The journey to the afterlife was real, it was their life, it was everything. The pyramids and tombs built Egypt, because their idea of death, afterlife and immortality made them to create great architecture.” – Dr.Zahi Hawass

Death to the Egyptians was a concept of that intrigued them to no end and their quest for immortality is in the very root of their civilization. According to Egyptian mythology, the deceased will face many obstacles in their transitional period after death and in order for them to succeed, they need the book of gates; detailed guide and spells; usually painted on the walls of the tomb, it shall guide them through the stages of the underworld. On the other hand, by the era of the New Kingdom, the coffin texts; the spell collection was replaced by what is now known as the ‘Book of the Dead’. It was said in the ‘Book of the Dead’, that the deceased was to suffer scrutiny of the divine tribunal, one which everyone must pass before qualifying for a life after their physical death; his or her heart (deeds of the owner) was weighed against an image of Maat (Goddess of Truth). As the dead could not return to their old life on earth, a new journey begins as they take on new forms and dwell in new realms.

During the Old Kingdom (2650 – 2150), tombs are considered the eternal house of the deceased. One of the most common forms is of a traditional mud-brick architecture which gave a rise to the name mastaba; an Arabic word for the stock pile of mud bricks up against the houses. In the east side of the mastaba, there are usually 2 false doors; unable to open the doors but it is recognized as the most functionally important part of the tomb. It is believed to be the gateway between this world and the next; the deceased could climb up the burial chamber deep down inside the mound where his or her body lay and enter the cult chamber through the door.

Overtime, the original compact mass of the mastaba developed into a range of interior rooms; real house for the dead containing tombs of family members. The position of the mastaba tombs reflect on the social status of the occupant; higher ranks had their tombs erected closest to royal pyramid complex while lower ranks buried progressively further away. Special form of tombs during this period are rock-cut tombs; partly or wholly hewn out of a rock outcrop or in many cases, use cave like spaces left by underground quarrying. This tomb form became very popular for the provincial necropolises during the Middle Kingdom. In conclusion, by the New Kingdom (1550 – 1070 BC), it finally became the only tomb type.

This essay was written for my CCS class when we were discussing on ancient Egyptian architecture..Anyone here who is interested/knows about Egyptian architecture/ evolution of tombs please post..  :)


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Em hotep
« on: December 17, 2011, 07:56:10 am »
Em hotep everyone,

Born to an Asian family, I was to be a Buddhist.By primary school, my mother signed me up for Catholicism class for 7 years until the school finally have Buddhism class which I took for 1 1/2 year.When I moved school, I became a wanderer for 1 1/2 - 2 years until I found Wicca in college which I then turned to Tameran/Kemetic Wicca. I've never felt a connection with Catholicism or Buddhism though I believe and still study Buddhist teachings; for personal gain.

Egypt has long been my interest since 4th grade and even until now.In my second year of college, I finally realize that from my past dreams, searching for Egyptian shops/restaurants in my country, self studying hieroglyphics, and researching and studying AE architecture led me in finding my spiritual path...Its like the exercise in school; connect the dots haha :)


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